18th RISD president is practiced in art of social equity and inclusion

CRYStal Williams
COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL 
OF DESIGN/JO SITTENFELD
Crystal Williams. COURTESY RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL 
OF DESIGN/JO SITTENFELD
Crystal Williams ­describes herself as a “faculty activist,” so it’s no surprise that Williams envisions the start of her tenure at the Rhode Island School of Design as a continuation of a commitment to using the arts as a springboard to inclusion and equity. Before her appointment last January as RISD’s 18th president, Williams, 52,…

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