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Ewing Multicultural Center

Ewing Multicultural Center is home to: 

  • The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement (ID card access from 6 am to 11 pm; Staff hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)

  • The Main Lounge, a bookable space for students and staff.

  • Two patios, with lots of space for gatherings.


The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE) is located in Ewing Multicultural Center located at 41 Waterman Street. Ewing is a small little yellow house tucked away by a lush landscape overlooking Frazier Terrace and Benefit Street. 


While the Center is home to the ISE offices, the Main Lounge is available for the campus community to reserve, including campus departments, student club/organizations, even gallery shows and temporary installations, particularly programs that promote ISE's principles of diversity celebration and open dialogue.

The staff of ISE strive to make the Ewing Multicultural Center a comfortable, welcoming place for all RISD students and other members of the RISD, Brown, and Providence communities. To that end, we invite people to host events here, come in to watch movies, read or do homework, or just hang out.

We want to do our part to keep our communities safe and healthy. Currently, mask-wearing is optional for indoor and outdoor settings at RISD. Find more information on RISD COVID protocols here

Reserving the Lounge

Please submit all requests using 25Live. It is recommended that you reserve the lounge at a minimum of two weeks in advance. Please notify us of any cancellations as soon as possible by emailing

Once you submit your request, ISE will receive an email that includes all your event details. We will review it and confirm your request via 25 Live. Once your request is confirmed, it will be added to the Availability Calendar (see below). Your reservation is not confirmed until it appears on the Availability Calendar.

NOTE: The Ewing lounge can only be reserved for 4 hours at a time in order to keep the space available for all who want to use it. If you need to reserve the lounge for longer than 4 hours, email us with your reservation information so that we may figure out the best way to accommodate your request. 

Space Capacity

Space capacity inside Ewing Lounge is 26 persons. Please adhere to this limit.

Visiting ISE Staff Members

If you wish to meet with a staff member, please email in advance and make sure you receive a confirmation before showing up. 



Ewing operates by RISD ID card access only, at all times. Your ID card will work on the building doors from 6 am to 11 pm. Remaining in the building beyond the hours of operation may trigger the security alarm, so please vacate the building before 11pm. 

Note: Public Safety will do a check of the space after business hours (after 11pm).


Facilities Requests, Utilizing the Loung, and Cleaning

We do not have event staff available or on-call. It is the responsibility of those booking the space to clean up after themselves. This includes wiping down surfaces, and returning the furniture to the original setup.

Any decorations used in the space should be removed after your event, and must not damage any walls/furniture or leave permanent marks of any kind.

If you are having an event with food, please make a Facilities request for additional garbage cans. Clean up thoroughly before you leave the space.

Please do not leave any food in the Ewing refrigerator or kitchen. Any food left in the refrigerator/kitchen will be thrown away on Monday.



Please be mindful of your noise level, especially if you are using the space at the same time as someone else. 



If you move the furniture, you are required to move it back to the original set up (for reference, view informational signs in the lounge).

If you have brought additional furniture (or other items), they must be removed at the end of your event. You are responsible for all Facilities Work Order requests.



We invite you to use the kitchen, along with the appliances and dishes in it. Please clean up after yourself when you are done using the kitchen.


Audio Visual

There is a large TV that can be connected to laptops to watch movies, play music, display slideshows, or show presentations. You must provide your own laptop. Please be kind to the equipment and treat it with care.


Thank you for visiting Ewing! 

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