Center for Diversity + Inclusion

Art + Design Exists and Thrives Through Diversity.

We are a community comprised of beliefs and backgrounds from every corner of the world. That’s why we elevate, support, and empower our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters to celebrate their differences in an environment of trust and respect.

Art and design exists and thrives through diversity. Diversity of thought and perspective shapes cultures and conversations. It comprises the foundation on which Ringling College is built.

Every member of our community adds to who we are: a dedicated, curious, quirky, and talented blend of creatives. We are relentless in our pursuit of brilliance and uncompromising in our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

And you are welcome here.


Principles That Define Our Community

We strive to be a diverse educational environment of inclusive acceptance.

We celebrate our diversity.

We are a community that embraces learning from the differences in people, ideas and opinions.

We are a campus community of shared responsibility, working together to enable each person to learn, grow, and realize their full potential.

We care about each other, each other’s feelings, and each other’s successes.

We value fairness.

We respect the dignity and humanity of each other and work to treat each other with civility.

We value kindness.

We nurture the uniqueness of each individual.

We value engagement and encourage contribution to this community through leadership and service – through the sharing of the unique creative talents and gifts that each member of the community brings.

We encourage responsible decisions and actions, ones that will hopefully make you, your family, your friends, and Ringling College proud.

We care about this special place called Ringling College of Art & Design and all members of our community.



The purpose of the Committee on Diversity & Inclusion is to elevate our welcoming campus climate, which supports the rights of all individuals and reflects respect for diverse cultures, backgrounds, and ideas.

The Committee will work to identify ways for Ringling College to further embrace and share our campus culture as one of inclusion and support for the diversity of all people within our campus community. This will be done through support of programming, communication, mentoring, modeling, and education.

Ulla Searing 2nd Floor in the Student Life Suite

Contact information:
Phone: 941-309-4099

Letter from President Thompson

Dear Members of the Community:

Diversity and inclusion are core principals at Ringling College of Art and Design.  As evidence of that belief, we are dedicated to ensuring and fostering expansive thought and creative open-mindedness in respect of the magnificent diversity of our students, faculty, and staff. We firmly believe the exchange of different ideas, experiences, and perspectives are essential ingredients of a world-class education and global citizenship.

We are very proud of our culture and success in supporting our students without discrimination based on their national origin, religious beliefs, physical characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity, health, or any other factor. Indeed, ALL people are welcome here at Ringling College.

And, all people means all people, without exception.

I encourage you to visit our campus and get acquainted with our extraordinary community of thinkers, makers, and doers. I’m sure you’ll find it an inspiring and collaborative place to live, learn, work, play, grow, and thrive.

Very truly yours,

Dr. Larry R. Thompson
President, Ringling College of Art and Design

D.E.E.P. Program Information

The Diversity & Equality Education Program (D.E.E.P.) is an educational certificate program that strives to educate the campus community on diversity and inclusivity. This program focuses on educating students, faculty, and staff about recognizing and confronting micro-agressions and bias, as well as increasing awareness for underrepresented populations.

D.E.E.P. host a series of “Conversations” each semester that introduces and provides information about specific topics and fosters an environment for safe dialogue and communication. Please see the flyer below for upcoming “Conversations.” Also, check D.E.E.P. out on Ringlink for additional events!

Students of Color Alliance (SOCA)

SOCA is an organization dedicated to providing support and building community for students of color and their allies, as well as raising awareness throughout campus.


The International Cultures Club

The ICC celebrates and promotes international and cultural diversity and understanding on campus through the organization of diverse cultural and educational events. For more information, please contact ICC’s advisor, Amy Pettengill, at

Veteran’s Club

The Veteran’s Club is a student leader organization that allows students who have served in the military to discuss their experiences and how it connects to their art. It also helps connect Veterans with resources available. For more information, please contact our Veteran’s Club advisor, at

International Students

There’s no such thing as a typical Ringling student. Our student body is comprised of emerging artists and designers from over 65 countries and all across the United States. At Ringling College, we welcome international dialogue and foster respect and inclusion because inspiration and creativity don’t thrive in a vacuum – the best artists and designers inspire and engage with the global community. We also encourage students to take advantage of our many international programs to study abroad and work with artists and businesses from around the world, preparing you to work in today’s global world.

Here, you’ll meet people from all walks of life and connect with a new community of creatives – some just like you and a lot who aren’t that different after all.

Legislation + What It Means For You

Resources from NAFSA: Association of International Educators

NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. Below are a few links to more information about current executive actions and immigration concepts under the new administration.

Executive Order Travel Ban
NAFSA has updated its travel advisory on the Section 2(e) Entry Ban, to help you stay up-to-date and informed.

Executive Actions under the Trump Administration
This page keeps track of certain executive actions related to immigration, under the current administration.

Background on Presidential Executive Actions
Executive actions, also called presidential actions, are actions that are taken by the President of the United States, usually through the following vehicles: Executive Orders; Presidential Proclamations; and Presidential Memoranda.

Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change
This page explains the regulations and departments of the United State’s immigratory system in order to provide context to laws.

Resources on Rights in Encounters with Law Enforcement
The information provided here is basic, general information about the Constitutional rights of people in the United States. For specific information and legal advice, consult a qualified immigration attorney. The American Immigration Lawyers Association provides a lawyer referral service for people seeking the counsel of an immigration lawyer:

Additional Resources

Study in the States
A website administered by the Department of Homeland Security which provides comprehensive information for prospective and current international students.

U.S. Department of State
A website that provides information on the visa application process

Culture Shock USA
A website providing an overview of culture shock – how to recognize it; what to do to manage it, etc.

Arrival (I-94) Record
May be retrieved from this site


Ringling has a thriving LGBTQ+ community.  This page celebrates the members of our community who have taken steps to promote equality, understanding, and advancement for the LGBTQ+ community both on the Ringling campus and in society at large. Here, you can find information, resources, and helpful links to connect you with organizations, groups, and individuals doing work within the community and on campus.


You are now able to update your preferred pronouns and gender identity in Self Service. You are not required to declare either of these—they are 100% optional. If you choose preferred pronouns they will be visible to all administrators on campus. More importantly, they will be very prominent to your instructors in the class lists they access every semester. Gender identity will only be visible to select administrators in Advising, Student Life, The Counseling Center, and Housing. This information will be used to enhance student services on campus.

You also have the option to update your displayed first name in the system we use on-campus. Because of the complexity of keeping every system synchronized we ask that you visit the Registrar’s Office in the Ulla Searing Student Center for the form.

Pronouns: A How-To Guide

Subject:   1   registered to vote.

Object: They tried to convince   2   that giraffes could fly.

Possessive:   3   bike is unlocked.

Possessive Pronoun: That notebook is   4  .

Reflexive:   1   spilled tea on   5  .


Pronouns: A How-To Guide

Founded in 1972 with the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization.

Uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy. PFLAG has 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced, and serviced by PFLAG National, located in Washington, D.C., the National Board of Directors and 13 volunteer Regional Directors.

GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an education system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks. 

Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.

Trans Student Educational Resources
Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.

Campus Pride
Campus Pride represents the only national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The organization is a volunteer-driven network “for” and “by” student leaders. The primary objective of Campus Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. We envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.

Equality Florida
Equality Florida consists of two organizations – Equality Florida Institute, Inc., our 501(c)(3) educational charity and Equality Florida Action, Inc., our 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. Together, these organizations form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through education, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and lobbying, we are changing Florida so that no one suffers harassment or discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

ALSO Youth
ALSO Youth was created in 1992 by individuals who were alarmed at the statistics documenting high rates of suicide among gay and lesbian teens.  In cooperation with other local organizations such as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG); Planned Parenthood; and YMCA Youth and Family Services, volunteers were recruited to conduct a support group for Sarasota area youth. Upon realizing that more comprehensive services were needed throughout the community, ALSO’s founders initiated contact with school officials and implemented a training program for educators. The types of services and numbers of youth and community members served have steadily increased.

Today, ALSO Youth is a Non-Profit Charity that provides peer support services, educational programs, advocacy, and referrals for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning youth ages 13 to 21, their families and friends, and the community, thereby enhancing self-esteem, promoting healthy dialogue, and increasing awareness of sexual minority youth issues.  

Lambda legal
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
We bolster the strength of local LGBT activism in rural enclaves, small towns and cities nationwide. We build grassroots political muscle at every level by training activists, strengthening the infrastructure of local and state allies and organizing broad-based campaigns creating public support for full equality of LGBT people. Learn more about our Organizing & Training and Movement Building efforts.

Pride at Work
Pride At Work is a nonprofit organization and an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations.) We organize mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBT Community for social and economic justice.

Transgender Law and Policy Institute
Is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging in effective advocacy for transgender people in our society. The TLPI brings experts and advocates together to work on law and policy initiatives designed to advance transgender equality.


Students of Faith

Spiritual Development

Are you looking to join a community that will allow you to explore and embrace your faith? Our Campus Ministry works with students of all religious affiliations to find the support and services they seek for their spiritual lives. Whether you are looking for a place to worship in the community, need resources related to spiritual practices, or simply need a safe and confidential space to talk – our Campus Minister is here to help.

Campus Ministry provides quality programming throughout the academic year to encourage the campus to learn about various cultural and religious traditions – with a spirit of respect and a mindset towards peace & justice. Campus Ministry also supports student-led groups on campus like FOCAS (Fellowship of Christian Artists) to bring in speakers, participate in community outreach, and to do life, together. We are a member of the Hillel Chapter of Manatee County with robust student participation in semi-regular Seders. We also support regular Catholic mass on campus. Campus Ministry also provides leadership\professional development through a paid internship program where students work closely with the Campus Minister throughout the academic year.  Regardless of your faith perspective, we welcome you, we support you, and we’re grateful that you are a part of the diverse landscape of Ringling College. You can contact our Campus Minister, Rev. Melanie Y. Kim by email at or by phone at 941-309-0200 (Student Life Office) or 763-443-4668 (Mobile – good for texting).





Kadampa Meditation Center of Florida
Courtesy India  (List of all the Hindu Temples in Florida)

Unitarian Universalist



Ringling College of Art and Design Welcomes Veterans and their Dependents to participate in the various VA Educational Programs which include the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Ringling College offers our Veterans and their Dependents the opportunity to expand their artistic abilities by pursuing the many careers available in the technologically inundated creative fields today.  


  • Go to to apply for your post 9/11 GI bill VA educational benefits: You can find out about your eligibility, original and used entitlement, benefit percentage, delimiting dates on this website, as well.  Ultimately, the VA has all of your records so they can determine what benefits you are eligible for.  You may also contact the VA by phone at 1-888-GIBill1 (1-888-442-4551) and a VA Education Case Manager will assist you through the application process and will determine from your records of service what Chapter you are eligible for. Once your Certificate of Eligibility is received, Ringling College will be able to credit the VA funds to your tuition bill.


    Ringling College has a Veterans’ Club whereby Veteran students hold a luncheon meeting once a month and discuss any projects that they are undertaking.  It is a great way for the Veterans to meet up with each other on campus.
    For several years, Ringling College has held an annual exhibit showcasing Ringling College’s Veterans’ Artwork.  This exhibit is very popular and runs through the month of November.
    In the past Veterans started a network and met weekly to paint portraits of Veterans that live in the area.  They welcomed non-military students to participate, as well.  Every year, they hold an exhibit of these portraits of Veterans at Ringling College.  Each painting identifies the Veteran by name, their rank and what branch of the military they served in.  It is a personalized exhibit which honors and acknowledges our Veterans for their valued service and sacrifices that they have made for our country.


Sarasota County Veterans’ Services 

    2200 Ringling Blvd – Suite 125
    Sarasota, FL  34237
    Phone:  (941) 861-2899 – For Information and Forms
    Phone:  (941) 861-VETS (8387) – To Reach a Veterans’ Services Officer to Schedule an appointment
    Fax:  (941) 861-2571
    Hours:  Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Sarasota County Veterans’ Services office files VA claims
    4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 139
    Venice, FL  34293
    Phone:  (941)-861-3047
    Fax: (941) 861-3024
    4970 City Hall Blvd., Room 264
    North Port, FL  34286
    Phone:  (941) 429-7214
    Fax:  (941) 429-7276 


Adaptive Equipment
Aid & Attendance Claims
Appeal of Benefit Claims
Burial Benefits
Change of Address
Clothing Allowance
DD-214 (discharge records)
Disability Compensation Claims
Discharge Upgrades
Domiciliary Care
Educational Benefits
General Benefits
Health Care Services
Housebound Clams
Housing Loans
Indebtedness Waivers
Lost Military Records
Medical Record Requests
Outreach Services
Pension Benefits
Property Tax Discount Letters
Specially Adapted 
Survivors’ Benefits
Vocational Rehabilitation

Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

Help for Homeless Veterans

Phone: 877-4AID-VET

Vet Center Combat Hotline

Phone: 877-WAR-VETS

VA Claims Status

Phone: 800-827-1000


My HealtheVet

Sarasota Outpatient Clinic

Phone: 941-371-3349

Sarasota National Cemetery

Phone: 941-922-7200

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs



Director of Library Services


Kristina Keogh

Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian


Janelle Rebel

Technical Services Librarian   


Janet Thomas

Instructional Design Librarian


Claire Powell

Instructional Design Librarian


Kayla Morrell



Alexandra Vargas-Fournier

Library Technician III (Cataloging and Metadata Assistant)   


Lisa Martinez

Library Technician II (Periodicals and Interlibrary Loan)



Library Technician III (Circulation Manager)  


Tim DeForest

Library Technician III (Acquisitions Manager/Office Support)  


Yolanda Coleman

Library Technician II (Circulation Assistant)  


Sean Farrell

Circulation Assistant


Logan Schulman

Circulation Assistant


Christina Song

Circulation Assistant Robert Camastro


Patron Type # of Items Type of Material Borrowing Time
Student 40 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Faculty and Staff 40 Books 6 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 7 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* 7 days
Trustee, Alumni, Cross College Alliance, and  15 Books 3 weeks
Ringling College LibraryAssociation Members CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
PreCollege 5 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Local Teacher 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
Chartwell’s and Follett employees located at Ringling 15 Books 3 weeks
CDs and CD-ROMs 3 days
DVDs and Blu-Ray 3 days
Magazines (unbound) 3 day
Magazines/Annuals (bound) 5 days
Videogames* N/A
*The video game collection supports the research and teaching of the Game Art & Design program. Video games may not be checked out by Alumni, Ringling College Library Association members or Family members.


The Alfred R. Goldstein Library features a wide variety of quiet, group study, and work process spaces. Looking for a quiet study area? Make your way up to the 3rd floor to look for a book in the Research Collection or peruse the new art magazines while relaxing in comfortable seating. When the weather is nice, you can take your coffee from Roberta’s Café on the first floor to one of the four terraces to work outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Looking for meeting space to get together with a group? Check out the group study rooms, which are available on all three floors of the Goldstein Library. The 10 group study rooms are available to students on a first-come first served basis, or available for booking by Ringling College faculty and staff for group and class meetings.

Library Hours

The library remains closed to all non-Ringling College visitors, including the general public and alumni, until further notice.

Library Services Hours (when classes are in session):

Monday -Thursday: 8 AM – 11 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 7 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 6 PM
Sunday: 10 AM – 11 PM

Holidays and Breaks:
The Library is closed on holidays, as designated by the institution, and typically operates on a Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM schedule during breaks.

Ringling College ID Access Only

Please note a Ringling College ID is required for access.

Hours for the Brizdle-Schoenberg Special Collections Center:

By appointment only from Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM, no drop-ins. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Contact to schedule an appointment.

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Alfred R. Goldstein Library
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

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