RIDE Center- Events, Workshops, Funding Opportunities

Discover the President's Innovation Fund

The President’s Innovation Fund is inviting proposals from faculty, staff, and students that will increase student engagement and accessibility by creating or supporting programs and practices that accelerate innovation at Westfield State University. 

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Spring 2024 "Maker Tuesdays" Workshop Series Is Happening Now!

Join us in the RIDE Center to unleash your creativity and learn how to use various equipment simultaneously!

  • Tuesday, April 2 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Patch Making Workshop
  • Tuesday, April 9 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Sticker Making Workshop
  • Tuesday, April 16 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: "Go Pouch" Workshop

Location: RIDE Center, Parenzo 110

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Spring 2024 Nonprofit Innovators Forum

Unlock your potential in the nonprofit sector. You are invited to join us at the Nonprofit Innovators Forum, the free nonprofit conference on Monday, April 29th from 5:30-8:00 pm at Westfield State University.

The event will be held in Parenzo and the Dever Auditorium. Join the Masters of Public Administration, Policy, and Civic Engagement Program for this dynamic program and hear from expert speakers.

Are you interested in enhancing your nonprofit skills or are you thinking about starting a nonprofit organization? Scan the QR code and register now, then pick your favorite sessions to attend!

Location: Parenzo Hall, Westfield State University 

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"Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset" Workshop

Join RIDE Executive Director Dr. Lamis Jarvinen as she discusses the fundamentals of cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset. 

  • Wednesday, April 17th |  3:00pm-4:30pm
  • Sponsored by RIDE Center, Accounting & Finance Club, Business Club, and Economics Society 

Location: RIDE Center, Parenzo 110

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Spring 2024 "Maker Tuesdays" Workshop Schedule

Honors Program Spring 2024 Speaker & Workshop Panel Series

Creativity & Crafting

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: RIDE Center—Parenzo 110

  • March 26, Beverly Army Williams
  • April 2, Amber Lyons
  • April 10, Anna Boutin-Cooper
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Honors Program Speaker Series & Workshops

Tuesday, March 26th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm | RIDE Center 

Enhance your insight into the world of creativity with Westfield State University's own Beverly Army Williams. Hear from her about her journey through her own creative process, and leave with a friendship bracelet and small book you've made yourself!

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Tuesday, April 2nd

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm | RIDE Center 

Explore the importance and beauty of modern collage with Westfield State University sophomore Amber Lyons, and immerse yourself in an opportunity to create your own collage alongside other attendees! Share and reflect on the individuality of your art pieces while also learning about the history of collage as both a relaxation technique and complex art medium.

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Wednesday, April 10th

Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm | RIDE Center 

Spend an evening with Westfield State University librarian and artist Anna Boutin-Cooper for an interactive artist's discussion! Immerse yourself in the basic principles of weaving, and create your own mini-loom to bring home with you.

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Upcoming Events


Junior Discover is a program run by the Westfield State University Office of Admissions in an effort to give high school 11th Graders a day in the life of a WSU Owl!  Part of their day will involve coming to the RIDE Center to do an activity. 


Tuesday, March 19th: Duggan Academy, Springfield MA 

Monday, April 8th: Central High School, Springfield MA

Thursday, April 11th: Putnam Technical Academy, Springfield MA 

Friday, April 12th: Holyoke High School, Holyoke MA 

Monday, April 22nd: High School of Science and Technology, Springfield MA

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Contact Us

Lamis Jarvinen, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Research, Innovation, Design, and Entrepreneurial Center
Parenzo 110