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Leslie Ponce-Díaz is currently studying Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design with a double concentration in Nature, Culture, Sustainability Studies and Theory and History of Art and Design. Leslie continues to explore her passions in architecture, community, and education through her involvement within RISD and First-Gen Chisme.

She has been awarded with the 2021 Maharam Fellowship and the 2021-22 Newman Civic Fellowship in nomination from RISD President Rosanne Somerson. Most recently she has been selected as a 2022 Kansas City Truman Scholar Finalist.


This winter-spring semester 2022, Leslie will be participating in a travel abroad program with Cornell University’s Architecture and Planning, Cornell in Rome. 


Contact me at lponcedi@risd.edu, resume and portfolio
available upon request.



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“As a first-generation Mexican American college student, 2017 and 2019 Live Más Scholar Leslie Ponce-Díaz is pursuing her passion for art and design, while building community, embracing her culture, and encouraging other stdents to do the same. Leslie is no stranger to taking leaps and embarked on a journey from her home state of Kansas to Rhode Island where she studies architecture, coupled with sustainability and art history at Rhode Island School of Design. In the architectural world of grey, Leslie does not shy away from color, illuminating any room she walks into.”

- Live Más Taco Bell Foundation



“Leslie works daily to inject her creative energies and unwavering idealism into projects both on and off campus that address issues of equity, inclusion, community-building and social impact. A first-generation college student studying Architecture with a double concentration in Nature Culture Sustainability Studies and Theory and History of Art and Design at RISD, since stepping on to campus she has actively sought out involvement in local and global community engagement opportunities, understanding it as a vital way to strengthen and expand her academically grounded practice.”

- RISD President Rosanne Somerson





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