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Center for Student Involvement (CSI)

The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is an on-campus hub that offers RISD students several opportunities to grow as critical thinkers and global citizens. In advancing this mission, CSI creates and oversees programs and initiatives in the following areas:

  • campus activities
  • leadership development
  • service and experiential learning

In addition to supporting dozens of recognized student clubs and organizations, CSI manages the Catanzaro Student Fitness Center, Carr Haus Café and The Tap Room presentation/performance space in Memorial Hall, as well as co-curricular programs such as RISD Leads and the Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) program.

For RISD departments and recognized campus organizations and groups, CSI also rents the center's 12-seat van, subject to availability and CSI approval. For policies and more information, please read the overview of van usage conditions.

CSI encourages students to visit its web portal to discover student organizations and volunteer/service opportunities, register for events and access important forms.

Student organizations + campus activities

CSI provides general oversight for more than 70 organizations that connect students from similar cultural backgrounds or who share interests in athletics, entrepreneurship, global issues and more. Additionally, CSI sponsors several events that foster community engagement at RISD and throughout the Providence metropolitan area.

Anyone interested in student organizations can find more information on the CSI web portal. For those seeking to participate in campus government, CSI also supports The Alliance, RISD’s governing board for undergraduates, as well as the Graduate Student Alliance.

Leadership development

Students interested in developing leadership skills can enroll in the RISD LEADS certificate program. RISD LEADS is a dynamic workshop series that connects students and others who are interested in the program with community-oriented organizations throughout the area. Students interested in the certificate program can enroll at any time and will receive credit for previous workshops attended. Sessions are open to the entire RISD community.

Service + experiential learning

Throughout their RISD experience, students can participate in a variety of community service programs and experiential learning opportunities. Among these, CSI provides support and oversight for the following:

  • Pre-orientation Service Experience (POSE)
  • Martin Luther King Day of Service
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) fellowship program

CSI also partners with RISD’s director of community relations to build and maintain relationships with area nonprofits and other organizations by connecting interested students with service and leadership development opportunities, and through other forms of ongoing communication and engagement.

Orientation programs

Incoming undergraduate students usually participate in one or more of the orientation programs organized by CSI, including events and information sessions for new, transfer and international students, and the Pre-orientation Service Experience. CSI also offers orientation programming for the parents and families of incoming undergraduate students.