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Support and Safety Resources Following Recent Whittier Neighborhood Incident

Dear MCAD Community,

We are deeply saddened by last night’s incident of violence in the Whittier neighborhood, where Minneapolis Police Officer Jamal Mitchell tragically lost his life. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and anyone affected by this event.

Campus Safety

In light of this tragedy, we want to remind you of the services available to ensure that everyone feels safe and secure. Our Campus Safety team is dedicated to maintaining a secure environment for all students, faculty, and staff. Their services include:

  • 24/7 Patrols: Regular patrols around the campus, including the MFA building and residential halls, to ensure safety.
  • Emergency Response: Immediate assistance in case of any emergencies. You can reach Campus Safety at 612-874-3801.
  • Safe Walk Program: Escorts are available to accompany you to your destination on or near campus during late hours. To request this service, contact 612-874-3801.
  • Emergency Notification System: Alerts about any safety concerns or emergencies in real-time. Ensure your contact information is up-to-date in our system.
  • Campus Safety Information: For detailed information about our safety services, please visit Campus Safety website.
Emotional Support Services

We recognize the emotional toll such events can take on all of us. While the Student Affairs Office is open during the summer, Student Counseling Services are not available during the break; however, consider visiting the Walk-In Counseling Center or contacting your primary medical care team for support. Other community resources are available. For benefitted staff, Employee Assistance Programs are available.

Reminder
  • Stay vigilant. Report any suspicious activity to Campus Safety immediately.
  • Support friends, classmates, and colleagues. A small gesture of kindness can make a big difference.
  • Seek help. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need it.

We encourage everyone to make use of these resources and to prioritize your well-being during this difficult time. Together, we can support each other and foster a safe, compassionate community. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need further assistance.

All my best,
Sanjit

Posted: 
Monday, June 3