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(401) 277 – 4908
Mailing Address: ISE, 2 College Street, Providence RI 02903-2784

"I was a part of Project Thrive, and I can promise you that it will be a very rewarding experience. With Thrive, I met many people who shared similar backgrounds to my own. After spending the entire summer fretting over how I would feel underrepresented at a place like RISD, the program really helped ease my worries. Now I have a fantastic mentor whom I value as a very dear friend.”

Project Thrive is a two-year student support, learning community program designed specifically for students who are the first in their families to attend college. The program provides students an opportunity to better understand their identities and cultures, develop their on campus relationships, build leadership skills, and enhance their time management skills. During the second phase, the program targets topics such as, declaring one's major, and how to adapt and adjust to second year transitions. Ultimately, the program endeavors to teach students there is no shame win being a first generation student, and in many ways, they are creating a legacy and becoming 'a new generation of storytellers.' 


The essential goals of the program are:

  • To assist first-year, underrepresented students transition to college and connect to the RISD community in a meaningful way that allows them to have an overall positive and impactful RISD experience.

  • To provide engaging programs and tailored workshops that foster skill development and multicultural competency and community.

  • To illuminate and explore the many intersections of identity and to help students embrace and express their unique identity in positive and creative ways.

  • To provide RISD faculty, staff and alumni with an opportunity to guide students as they develop the skills for success inside and outside of the classroom/studio and beyond the RISD experience.

  • To leverage the strength of community in establishing meaningful relationships between students,
    faculty and alumni.

During the 2018-19 academic year,  the program connected a selected 18 incoming first-year students and mentors from across the RISD campus. A programming series focused primarily on first-year skill development, social/cultural events and community building. The students enjoyed a one-on-one relationship with their mentor and often times would be out doing such as activities such as grabbing coffee at a local cafe, dining out in Providence, exploring local museums and even going apple picking! The mentoring relationships were dynamic and met the needs of the both student and the mentee. Some were very professional, while others quite casual.

Important Things to Know....

  • Applications are due July 1st 2019

  • Thrivers are expected to arrive for orientation on August 28th, with orientation events starting August 29th-31st.

  • If you are a Brown/RISD Dual Degree student you should plan to arrive by their earlier orientation date.

For more information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at ise@risd.edu or by phone at 401.277.4908