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

Ulli K. Ryder, Ph.D.



Ulli has earned degrees in English and American Studies, Afro-American Studies, Professional Writing and her Ph.D. is in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California.  Her dissertation topic was “As Shelters Against the Cold”: Women Writers of the Black Arts and Chicano Movements, 1965-1978. 


Coming most recently from Bristol Community College, Ulli served as Dean, Arts and Humanities.  In this role she managed approximately 300 faculty and 400 courses per semester across 4 campus locations and online.  In addition, she oversaw the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, which is designed to support the educational mission of innovation and creativity of college and the southeast Massachusetts region; the LusoCentro, which is dedicated to the study of language and celebration for the Portuguese and Lusophone cultures; and supported the art and theatre programs and international club as well as the Women's Center.  In addition, Ulli has experience as a McNair Scholarship mentor, as Academic Director of a women's leadership program with the US State Department, was a member of the Rhode Island Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity, and is Scholar-in-Residence in the Office of the Chaplains at Brown.

Mary Fernandez



Mary earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University. Her role in ISE consists of managing administrative tasks and services for ISE. As a welcoming face in the main office, Mary is the first point of call for issues, inquiries, and opportunities pertaining to the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement. Mary’s native Language is Spanish. She was born and raised in Dominican Republic and has lived in Rhode Island for the past 13 years. Prior to RISD, Mary worked at Jewish Family Services as a Lifeline Installer.

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Professional Staff

Cassandra Servis

Cassandra is an illustration undergrad from Albany. New York. She's a geek for video games, comics, and alternative music from the 90's and 00's. 


Walk-in hours:

Monday 12pm-4pm

Wednesday 12pm-4:30pm

Thursday 12pm-3pm

Friday 12pm-3pm

Molly Young
Molly is from Southeastern Connecticut. Their current aspirations include: trying new food, making things better, and petting every sort of animal there is.
Walk-in hours:
Wednesday 9am-12pm
Thursday 1pm-4:30pm
Em Jiang
FAV '20
Emily is a small bean from Reno, Nevada, and she likes movies, podcasts, and attention! 
Walk-in hours:
Tuesday 9am-12pm
Thursday 9am-12pm

Ting-Hsun "Danny" Lee



ID '20

Danny is a cultural programmer with a focus on International Students. He's very proud of the fact that his country, Taiwan, is where bubble tea comes from! Next time you run into him, ask him for the best bubble tea suggestions! 



Walk-in hours: 

Tuesday 9am-12pm

Thursday 9am-12pm

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Student Staff
Alla Alsahli
APP '20
Alla is a Syrian-Palestinian undergraduate student living in Rhode Island. She loves learning languages, discovering new places and meeting new people. She is passionate about social justice and fashion. Her focus at ISE is programming for religion and spirituality.
Walk-in hours:
Tuesday 1pm-3pm
Friday 1pm-4:30pm
Leah Ying Lin
ARCH '19
A graduate student in Architecture working as a Cultural Programmer. As a Grad Student Representation, I mainly work on organizing and making the graduate community more involve in all the wonderful ISE events. Obsessed with diving and gym, and a real foodie.
Walk-in hours:
Tuesday 10am-1pm

Abiola Makinde
ID '22

Abiola is a Nigerian-American who enjoys listening to all kinds of music. She is currently in foundation year and has declared as an Industrial Design major. Along with listening to music, her hobbies include sleeping and eating Nigerian food.

Walk-in hours:
Tuesday 12:30pm-4:30pm
Thursday 12:50pm-4:30pm
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