RISD Ambassadors

2024-2025 RISD Ambassador Applications Closed on June 14

  • Interested individuals apply through an online application process.
  • Applications open May 17.
  • The application deadline is June 14.
2023 RISD Ambassadors group

Program Overview

The RISD Ambassador program will provide participants with a comprehensive overview and understanding of Richardson ISD. This professional learning series is designed to change the conversation about public schools from the inside out. Ultimately, the school district wants the community members who graduate as Ambassadors to feel empowered to actively advocate for RISD’s students and staff.

RISD Ambassadors will also be invited to volunteer on committees and task forces and called upon to support the district brand by engaging as a key communicator within the RISD community to support the district’s mission and vision. RISD Ambassadors will be encouraged to invite others to get informed, be involved, and advocate for public education.

Program Goal

The ultimate goal of the RISD Ambassador program is to create a community of informed leaders. The program will provide community members with opportunities to explore the inner workings of the school district and create a foundation of understanding and involvement in Richardson ISD.

RISD Ambassadors will graduate from the program understanding the impact of their voice and may be called upon to support and actively participate in strategic planning, district and campus improvement teams, focus groups, and other RISD committees.

Program Dates and Times

This program will feature seven sessions at Richardson ISD locations, culminating in the recognition of our 24-25 class of RISD Ambassadors at the May board meeting.

Please review the participant expectations and the attendance policy. Program topics and locations will be released upon acceptance into the program.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2024 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2024 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2025 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2025 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 11, 2025 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 8, 2025 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 1, 2025 at 6 p.m.

RISD uses a new facility-scheduling platform called FMX. The new software will allow employees and community members to request the use of indoor and outdoor space.

RISD employees can access the new platform here.

Community members will create an account and register through

For additional information or questions about qualifications, please email

Note: Dates for 2024-25 are tentative and could be subject to change. Dates will be finalized before acceptance letters are issued.

Who should apply to be a RISD Ambassador?

Richardson ISD community members, parents, PTA members, faith-based organizations, nonprofit partners, and RISD area businesses, to name a few, who are interested in gaining insight into what is happening in the school district. (Richardson ISD employees are not eligible to apply.)

Enrollment is limited to 55 participants with a goal of a relative balance across all four RISD learning communities. If RISD receives more applicants than available seats, a lottery will be used to determine placement.

Participant Expectations

To receive the full benefit of this program, RISD Ambassadors are expected to actively engage in all sessions. Please refer to the dates listed below, and check your schedule prior to making this commitment.

Participants are expected to attend every session to gain the full benefit of the RISD Ambassadors program. Those who miss more than two sessions will be dismissed from RISD Ambassadors with an opportunity to apply again the following year. However, we know life and work happen, and we will work to accommodate the needs of any participant.

Is there a fee to participate in the RISD Ambassador program?

No. Participating in the RISD Ambassador program is at no cost to accepted applicants. All necessary materials will be provided. For more information please contact Dr. Melissa Heller at