Welcome to the UMN home for Computer Science Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy
In both the workforce and educational pipeline, computer science remains one of the least diverse fields, particularly in terms of involvement of women and underrepresented minorities.
The CS&E Department is committed to supporting and recruiting a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty and helping everyone in this community to thrive. This requires deliberate work to build an inclusive and supportive environment for those from historically underrepresented and non-traditional backgrounds, which, in our field, includes American Indians and other Indigenous populations, people of color, new immigrant populations, people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities, people who identify as women, people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions, first-generation students, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, people who claim more than one of the above identities, and people who might encounter barriers based on their religious expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status.
As part of our department's Inclusiveness, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (CS-IDEA) work, we have created this website as a home base. We encourage community members to use it to connect with "your people", learn about ongoing initiatives ranging from welcome events to scholarships to curriculum revisions, and get involved in our community.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is built within and continues to occupy the traditional homelands of the Dakota people. It is important to acknowledge the peoples on whose land we live, learn, and work as we seek to improve and strengthen our relations with our tribal nations.
We also acknowledge that words are not enough. We must ensure that our institution provides support, resources, and programs that increase access to all aspects of higher education for our American Indian students, staff, faculty, and community members. More land acknowledgement resources