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Cultural Affinity Groups & Organizations

RISD has many student-run cultural organizations on campus. To learn more, click the organization to be taken to the homepage of that group. Not finding the club or group you're looking for? To learn more about student-run organizations, reach out to The Center for Student Involvement located in Carr Haus. Check out their website here.

Black Artists and Designers (BAAD) is a student community and safe space for marginalized students and their allies. Their goal is to educate, inform and promote blackness and its intersections both on and off of RISD’s campus. 

This is a new student organization! More details soon!

Their aim is to share fun and interesting things about Thai culture. Everyone is welcome to join and attend events that they hope to host once or twice a month. Their aim is to provide a community for Thai students at RISD and to educate every student about Thailand.

KSA is a vital student organization at RISD. It brings cultural diversity to campus through the Korean Culture Show, food nights, group discussions and social events, such as movie nights and barbecue parties. Everyone is welcome to participate. 

The "Mango Street" club attempts to establish a space for people from all backgrounds of the Hispanic diaspora regardless of differences including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious/ spiritual beliefs, disability, language, etc. The "Mango Street" club mission is to help individuals feel included and welcomed within RISD's campus. 

Formally known as Made in Taiwan, the Taiwanese Student Association was founded by a group of Taiwanese students at RISD in Fall 2011. They wish to share their culture with the RISD community.

Founded in 1984, the Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA) is one of the oldest cultural student associations at Brown.


Since 2019, the Brown-RISD Hong Kong Student Association aims to continue its mission of encouraging cultural exchange, as well as bridging the gap between Hong Kong students at both schools.

Queer Student Assocation

Queer Student Association strives to help queer-identifying students cope with life at RISD by providing a supportive structure paired with safe spaces for conversation. QSA also provides a great deal of cultural and educational programs geared towards the community at large as well as the queer community to weld the two with a unified code of respect, safety, and understanding. 

RISD CSSA is a cultural group with people who have Chinese heritages and/or interest in Chinese culture. They form a community where we spread and promote Chinese culture to other ethnic groups here in RISD and bring diversity to the RISD community. 

RISD Students for Justice in Palestine (RSJP) is part of a national student group movement that believes all struggles for justice and liberation are interconnected, and stands in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation. The Palestinian people have been living under Israeli military occupation and colonialism since 1948. They recognize that all struggles for justice and equality are interconnected and that the occupation of Palestine is part of a lengthy historical cascade of impacts rooted in European colonialism, white supremacy, US Empire, and corporate greed. 

RISD’s South Asian Students Association (SASA) represents the diverse narratives of the South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

They continually strive to shed light on the arts, histories, and socio-political fabric of their countries and encourage dialogue through different platforms including social media, newsletters, guest speakers, cultural events, and our publication. 

RISD National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

The Rhode Island School of Design’s National Organization of Minority Architecture Students is an initiative that brings together but is not limited to women, people of color, L.G.B.T.Q., working, and disabled students to promote dialogue and community engagement within the architecture department and its greater context. We channel our work into three categories: energizing departmental reform, engaging the student body, and nurturing diverse local/global connections. 

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