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Professional Staff


Richard Song, Ph.D. (he/him)
Director of Intercultural Student Engagement


Office Location: Ewing 109

Dr. Song joined the RISD community in August 2023.  He has 14 years of experience in the field of higher education including: Housing and Residential Life, Academic Advising, Career Services, New Student Programs.  Dr. Song received all three of his degrees from the University of Rhode Island.  He loves musical, reading books, traveling, hanging out with his husband and son.  Dr. Song lives with his husband and their son in Lincoln, RI.

Sadie Fielding (she/her)

Program Coordinator, First-Generation Student Support


Office Location: Ewing 107

Sadie joined the RISD community in August 2023. She is a Colorado native, who journeyed to Waco, TX for her undergraduate degree at Baylor University. She majored in Medical Humanities, with a minor in Leadership Studies. At Baylor she mentored First-Generation college students, like herself, for 3 years, teaching them the in's and out's of college and making sure they always had someone for support. She enrolled in Merrimack College shortly after graduation and received her Masters of Education in Higher Education. While at Merrimack, she worked as a Success Coach for first-year students and those on academic probation, as well as the Intercultural Initiatives personnel for international students. 


Sadie deeply enjoys films, musicals, traveling, and hanging out with her bunny at her home in Dedham, MA. On the weekends you can catch her playing in a rugby game, at the movie theaters, attending a RISD event, or walking around Boston Common. 


If you need someone to talk to, time management assistance, or just someone to connect you to campus resources, Sadie is a great person to turn to. Feel free to stop by her office or schedule a meeting via Google Calendar, anytime!  

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Student Support Staff

Project Thrive Coordinators

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Santi(ago) Alvarado (he/she/they)

Major: Industrial Design '24

Hometown: Norwalk, CT

Fun Fact: I love plants SO SO much. Aside from being an avid plant enjoyer, I've been a barista since I was 16 (I'll be barista-ing at Carr Haus this year, so come and say hi!). I'm also currently the AIR of North + Nickerson in the FYA, your current student body president, and I facilitate Book Club! I love reading and I do machine tattoos :-)

Raymonii Cowan

Major: Illustration '25


Fun Fact: Hello, my name is Raymonii! Fun fact, my name comes from Raymond (my Dad). You might know me as the girl with the bright clothes and gems, my flower leg warmers- or by Pentel! I enjoy helping the community so if you ever need anything or have any questions feel free to reach out!

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Rowe Park (they/them)

Major: Illustration '25

Hometown: Queens, NY

Fun Fact: Hey y'all! My name is Rowe Park (They/Them) from Queens, NY, and I am a current junior in Illustration. I have been an active Thrive member since my freshman year, so I have a lot of insight if you guys have any questions/concerns regarding the program. I love being in the classroom and working alongside wonderful student artists and fostering a lovely learning experience. A current fun fact of mine is that recently I have been raving about Zebra sharks! They are so charming to observe. 

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