Professional Staff

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Jade Johnson - Assisant Director of Diversity Programs 

Jade Johnson is the Assistant Director of Diversity Programs in the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In this role, she coordinates programming that is intended to educate students, faculty, and staff on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her previous positions have included: Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion at the Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Graduate Assistant of the Office of Diversity Education (CMU), and host/producer of the Diversity Diagnoses podcast. 


Johnson holds a BS and an MA degree from Central Michigan University in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts with a concentration in Electronic Media Studies and Journalism. Johnson is a Michigan native, proud aunt, and a Jeopardy! fanatic.

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Jennifer Recinos - Associate Director of First Generation Student Support

Jennifer Recinos is the Associate Director of First Generation Student Support for the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement. She manages the First Generation to College Pre-Orientation program (FGC PoP) as well as Project Thrive, our multi-year student support and learning community program. Both programs are specifically designed serve RISD students whose parents did not attend or did not complete college.

Jennifer has 7 years of higher education experience working within Arts Education and Admissions. She was born and raised in Providence, RI, and is an alum of New Urban Arts and College Visions. Jennifer identifies as a first-generation, queer, college graduate of Guatemalan descent. She graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in International Studies as well as Film, TV and Interactive Media. Food and Photography is always on her mind.