Crystal Williams believes that education, art and design, and commitments to equity and justice are
essential to transforming our society. Williams has more than two decades of higher education
experience as a professor of English as well as serving in catalytic roles overseeing diversity, equity, and
inclusion at Boston University, Bates College, and Reed College.

Also an award-winning poet and essayist, Williams has published four collections of poems and is the
recipient of several artistic fellowships, grants, and honors. Her work regularly appears in leading
journals and magazines nationwide.

As RISD's 18th president, Williams is helping to drive meaningful change centered on expanding
inclusion, equity, and access in order to enhance a genuinely rich learning environment that consists of
diverse experiences, viewpoints, and talents.