Message from the Department Head

Heimdahl headshotIn the days that have passed since the Minneapolis Police Department’s killing of George Floyd, the state of Minnesota, and specifically the city of Minneapolis, has become the epicenter of a national uprising against police violence and in support of the rights of the Black community. I stand in solidarity with those communities, and truly hope that the tragic events currently unfolding will ultimately lead to a just, inclusive, and equitable future. 

As a department, we strive to build a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for all of our students, staff, and faculty. The current events and appropriate demands for justice are a reminder of the urgency of this goal, and our ongoing need for improvement. While we cannot physically be on campus together to support each other and discuss current events, we in CS&E welcome feedback on how we can do our part to provide a more supportive, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all.

Please reach out to us for support and help as well as with questions, concerns, criticisms, and suggestions:

Department leadership and our Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Committee (CS-IDEA) will review the feedback and take actions as appropriate. 

Resources

Most of all, we recognize that our primary job is always to support you, our students. Now more than ever, we are striving to improve how we provide and communicate that support. The Office of Student Affairs sent out an email earlier referencing some support resources, and we want to reiterate that the departmental student services team is one of those resources. 

Wishing you all well in these trying times,

Mats Heimdahl
Department Head