Office of Institutional Discrimination

Mission Statement

In accordance with upholding federal law, our office is committed to creating and providing a learning, living, and working environment free from discrimination; through the implementation of inclusive policies and values that align with our community values. Our office is committed to providing equitable response to community issues involving discrimination as well as providing support to members of our community navigating discriminatory behaviors.

We aim to educate members of the RISD community on our values as well as foster an environment that is inclusive of and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected classes, including but not limited to: race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, or veteran status within any educational program, activity or employment.

Our Team:



Simone Tubman earned a Juris Doctor from the Northeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Providence College. Simone serves as RISD’s Director for Institutional Discrimination + Deputy Title IX Coordinator charged with supporting and investigating complaints filed under RISD’s Title IX, Sexual Misconduct, and Non-Discrimination policies. Simone has authored and revised campus policies related to discrimination, harassment, and Title IX.

Simone is a trained Civil Rights Investigator and Title IX Coordinator; as well as a licensed attorney in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts and has extensive experience and expertise in investigations and responding to complaints. Simone also has a deep commitment to working with our community on taking proactive steps to educate on the best ways to approach difficult interpersonal situations and host programs on these topics. Simone regularly partners with on-campus departments to provide programming and training related to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, healthy relationships and Title IX.

Simone also partners regularly with Rhode Island colleges, local law enforcement, the court system, and Providence area agencies who provide support to our campus community. 



Sydney Lake serves the RISD community as RISD’s Institutional Discrimination Officer + Title IX Coordinator. Sydney’s educational background includes a Masters of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art. Sydney has extensive experience investigating and adjudicating cases of discrimination, gender based violence and harassment, sexual misconduct and abuse as well as other forms of organizational misconduct. 

Sydney also has a background, certifications, and experience in Civil Rights Investigations, Title IX, Behavioral Intervention and Assessment as well as Crisis Intervention and large scale emergency management. Sydney has developed procedures and aided in the development of institution wide policies related to discrimination, harassment, and Title IX. Sydney has also trained professional staff and student leaders on best practice in responding to harassment, sexual misconduct and Title IX.

Sydney has worked closely with campus partners as well as local agencies including law enforcement, the court system, hospitals, and area support centers to ensure our community is monitoring trends and best practice for response to issues not only on campus but in the greater Providence community. 

Notice of Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Statement

Rhode Island School of Design does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law in admission to, participation in, or administration of its educational programs and activities; in employment; or in its other programs and activities.

Read the complete Notice here.

Helpful Definitions:

Discriminatory Harassment is verbal or physical conduct by a member of the RISD
community based on protected categories listed in the College’s Non-Discrimination Policy that adversely affects a term, benefits or condition of an individual’s education, employment, housing,
or participation in a College activity.

Disparate Treatment is less favorable treatment
of similarly situated individuals based on their protected class status (i.e. race, color, religion, religious creed, genetics, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran or disability status).

Disparate Impact are policies and practices that are neutral on their face but may have a disparate
impact on protected classes.

Reporting Options

Community members are encouraged to report discrimination to The Office of Institutional Discrimination. Reports may be made against a student, against an employee, and against a non-RISD community member.

Community members have numerous options for reporting and obtaining support by contacting a member of our team. Individuals who wish to inform our office of discrimination may report an incident by contacting the following:

Online Report Form:

Reports may also be made online through our online discrimination report form. This form may also be filled out anonymously if you choose to do so.

Policy + Procedure Options

The complete Policy + Procedures for Discriminatory Harassment can be found below.

The below flow chart is meant to provide a visual representation of our office’s case management processes and procedures. The below chart applies to cases involving Discriminatory Harassment, Title IX, and Sexual Misconduct for RISD community members.