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Student Welfare

The RISD Department of Student Welfare supports at-risk students and families with needs associated with food and housing insecurities, suicide ideation, and students who are parents.


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The Department of Student Welfare provides support for McKinney-Vento/Foster Care families who are in temporary living situations. We provide food, supplies and clothing as well as other resources if needed.

We work closely with RISD counselors to support the campus and students when suicide ideation occurs. We provide a student interview to provide to the family as they seek outside mental health evaluations.

We provide parenting classes at the high school level for our pregnant and parenting students. This credit course is offered to students for two years during their high school program.

McKinney-Vento/Foster Care/Unaccompanied Youth

Suicide Intervention and Prevention

Life Skills Program for Student Parents

Our Team

NameTitleEmail AddressPhone Number
Lori ShawDirector of Student Welfarelori.shaw@risd.org469-593-0363
Malinda SmithMcKinney-Vento Support Specialistmalinda.smith@risd.org469-593-0386
Rhonda PetersLife Skills Program for Student Parents - District Teacherrhonda.peters@risd.org469-593-0370
Mary Lou WildLife Skills for Student Parents - Pearce High School Teachermarylou.wild@risd.org469-593-5044
Katherine BastianLife Skills for Student Parents – Richardson High School Teacherkatherine.bastian@risd.org469-593-3222
Amy MillerLife Skills for Student Parents – Berkner High School Teacheramy.miller@risd.org469-593-7076
Joyce RichardsonLife Skills for Student Parents –Lake Highlands High School Teacherjoyce.richardson@risd.org469-593-1080