Diversity and Inclusion at Harris


Honoring the values of diversity and inclusion in every aspect of Harris research, teaching and scholarship.

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

Fostering an environment that encourages rigorous inquiry and effective public policy problem-solving requires the involvement and understanding of diverse viewpoints, experiences, and traditions.  The Harris School of Public Policy is committed to the maintenance of a school community that not only welcomes and respects divergent perspectives, but actively reaches out to engage students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of backgrounds. 

Chicago Harris values diversity along a broad spectrum of factors, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, socio-economic background, and social or political belief.

Consistent with the University of Chicago’s commitment to open discourse and free expression, Chicago Harris encourages members of the leadership, faculty, student body, and administrative staff to respect and engage with others of differing backgrounds or perspectives, even when the ideas or insights shared may be viewed as unpopular or controversial. Recognizing that diverse views, as well as political, cultural, religious, and social differences, can sometimes create tensions, Chicago Harris aims to foster thought-provoking discourse by encouraging community members to speak freely about all issues.

To honor the values of diversity and inclusion in every aspect of its research, teaching and scholarship, Chicago Harris actively enlists all members of the School’s community to maintain a welcoming and respectful learning environment that helps students develop the understanding and tools to lead and inspire change in complex and evolving social contexts.

The following organizations have special roles in promoting diversity and inclusion at Chicago Harris:

The Diversity, Inclusion and Advisory Board (DIAB) serves as the coordinating body for all affairs regarding diversity and inclusion at Chicago Harris.  The DIAB, which is comprised of senior administration, faculty, students and staff members, examines diversity and inclusion efforts within academic affairs, student services and alumni relations and works to create advocacy and support in all of the School’s programs and services. The DIAB also serves as the advisory board to the Dean for all diversity and inclusion matters at Chicago Harris.

The Student Diversity and Programming Group coordinates the events and programs of Chicago Harris student organizations that are committed to serving minority and underrepresented student populations. The group consists of leaders of several student groups, including but not limited to Women in Public Policy (WiPP), Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPs), and OutPolitik.

Chicago Harris Alumni are committed to advancing the work of Chicago Harris and regularly give input on behalf of a tremendously diverse, international alumni community.  Suggestions and recommendations from this wide network continue to inform the School’s approach to diversity and inclusion.

The Office of Student Affairs provides leadership on diversity and inclusion efforts at Chicago Harris and works closely with the University’s Center for Identity + Inclusion.  The Office also assists in coordinating activities for students that promote and encourage the exchange of diverse viewpoints and experiences.

Lastly, Chicago Harris and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board fully subscribe to the University of Chicago’s Statement on Non-Discrimination, and are fully committed to the University’s efforts in preventing unlawful discrimination as outlined in the Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct.