Ewing Multicultural Center


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Ewing Multicultural Center is home to: 

  • The Office of Intercultural Student Engagement offices (Hours 6am-11pm)

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

  • Two patios, with plenty of space


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 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 usually invite people to host events here, come in to watch movies, read or do homework, or just hang out. We love having you here! Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 we won’t be able to open our space as we would like. Please know that this has been a painful decision, but one that we have undertaken out of care for all of you. We want to do our part to keep our communities safe and healthy. Below, please find Covid-19 guidelines for visiting Ewing. We look forward to resuming normal operations once it is safe to do so. Please take care of yourselves and reach out via email if you have any questions.


Masks must be worn at all times.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions at ise@risd.edu

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 ise@risd.edu.

Once you submit your request, the ISE will receive an email that includes all your event details. We will review it and confirm that the space is available. If we can accommodate your request, we’ll book the space and confirm. Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive the confirmation.

Space Capacity

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

Visiting a Staff Member

No walk-in appointments can be accommodated at this time. If you wish to meet with a staff member, please email in advance and make sure you receive a confirmation before showing up. For Ulli K. Ryder (Director) visit https://uryder.youcanbook.me/  



Ewing operates by card access only, at all times.  Due to Covid, Ewing is only open to RiSD and Brown community members at this time. Please be sure to bring your RISD ID card with you to gain access to the building. Your card will work on the building doors from 6:00am-11:00pm.  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

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. Any decorations used in the space should remain at a minimum and must not damage any walls, paint, 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.

Clean Up

It is your responsibility to keep the space clean.  Disinfecting wipes are provided. Please be sure to request additional trash cans in your event set-up request to facilities if you anticipate your event producing larger than normal amounts of trash. 

Please do not leave any food in the Ewing refrigerator or kitchen. Any food left will be disposed of immediately.



Please be mindful of your noise level.



Please put the Ewing furniture back in the position it was when you entered the building. 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.



Due to Covid-19, the kitchen in Ewing must not be used.


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! We look forward to expanding our availability once Covid-19 subsides.