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Department of Computer Science forms student council

Monday, October 22, 2018
The Department of Computer Science has instituted a new Tufts CS Student Council to further communications between the students, faculty, and staff. The council first met as an official group with Department Chair Kathleen Fisher this fall. 
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The Tufts Department of Computer Science seeks to foster the intellectual and personal development of our students while building a respectful, diverse, and inclusive community in which all students studying computer science feel they belong. Achieving this goal requires an ongoing partnership between students, faculty, and staff. To further this partnership, the department has instituted a new Tufts CS Student Council effective Fall 2018. The CS Student Council is comprised of leaders of CS student groups; head TAs from COMP 11, COMP 15, COMP 40, and COMP 105; and members-at-large chosen by faculty and students from a set of volunteers.

The group meets twice a semester with the department chair to assess the state of the department, communicate concerns, and identify opportunities for improvement. During the Fall 2018 semester, the CS Student Council met on September 20 and November 19.

The new Student Council made a number of suggestions at their first meeting with Department Chair Kathleen Fisher, including the idea to have the department host a Town Hall each semester to answer questions and solicit feedback from the broader CS student body. The first Computer Science Town Hall took place on October 16. Despite pending projects and midterms, turnout was good, filling Halligan 102. The minutes are available online: October 16 town hall.