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Mailing Address: ISE, 2 College Street, Providence RI 02903-2784

Student Services @ RISD

What does MY RISD offer for me? How can I get connected with MY community? Explore the links below for information relevant to the LGBTQ community at RISD.


  • LGBTQ ACADEMIC COURSE OFFERINGS  View a current list of LGBTQ-related academic course offerings each semester.
  • LGBTQ SCHOLARSHIPS  Who doesn’t need money for education? Check out which scholarships may be available to you! There’s more than you think.

  • CHOSEN NAME POLICY  Learn more about RISD’s Chosen Name Policy for those wishing to go by a first name that is different from their legal birth name while on campus.

  • GENDER-INCLUSIVE RESTROOMS View a complete directory of Gender-Inclusive restrooms on campus and learn more about why GI-restrooms are important for our campus community.

  • STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS   Check out the RISD QSA on campus here! Also, check out what the LGBTQ Resource Center at Brown University and the plethora of other special interest LGBTQ student organizations that would love for you to join them! RISD & Brown have a strong partnership that extents to all RISD students as a result of our dual-degree program. Additionally, ISE & the Brown LGBTQ Resource Center co-sponsor many events throughout the year.

  • COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES   Struggling with coming out? Dealing with family and friends who may not understand? Issues with work or school? Feeling lonely because of a failed relationship? Trying to handle depression, stress, and/or body image issues? Our counseling staff is sensitive to LGBTQ students and are available for you to meet with them. Emotional well-being is essential to personal development and integral to the creative process. RISD’s Counseling & Psychological Services Office (CAPS) provides a range of mental health services to help students improve emotional, interpersonal, and academic functioning. 

  • HEALTH SERVICES   Take control of your health! Health Services at RISD offers many services and is LGBTQ friendly! The office offers free and anonymous rapid, oral HIV Testing available to all students on the first Monday of every month (while classes are in session) from 5-7p. The office is also committed to Trans Health and will work with you to identify trans friendly doctors and other services in the area. Supplemental information and condoms/safe-sex supplies are also available free of charge. To learn more about what RISD’s student health care plan covers for trans* healthcare view our resource page as follows. View our resource for general LGBTQ Healthcare.

  • FLEET LIBRARY – LGBTQQ RESOURCE GUIDE   Did you know that our library maintains a research guide dedicated to LGBTQ articles and material? Check it out today for projects or personal interest! 

  • PUBLIC SAFETY   If you or you believe someone else was a victim of a hate crime on campus, please learn how to report it here.