Be a part of a diverse community.

Diversity and inclusion is the work of the entire community and each of us. Harris students, alumni, faculty, and staff are engaged in ensuring that our school community is one in which people of all backgrounds and experiences can find a home and flourish.

We invite you to learn more about our growing global community and their stories. Our students hail from nearly 50 countries and more than 30 states, representing different races, ethnicities, identities, and backgrounds. And, through our ongoing efforts, we continue to strengthen our focus on increasing diversity in all its forms within our community as we recruit new faculty, staff, and students to our school.

Harris D&I Office

Harris’ D&I Office is led by Michelle Hoereth, the inaugural Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Harris, who works across teams and constituencies to support efforts across the school.

Meet the D&I Office

Key Organizations 

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

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

Harris' Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board (DIAB) is a strategic advisory body that provides guidance and consultation to the Dean’s Office on issues of diversity and inclusion, serving as a mechanism for gathering information and feedback, assessing progress towards our goals, and providing regular updates to our community. The DIAB’s members include Harris faculty, students, staff, and alumni who work in conjunction with Harris' Dean and Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion.

Affinity Groups at Harris   

There are several Harris Student Organizations that are committed to serving minority and underrepresented student populations. The organizations include but are not limited to:

Harris Public Policy Alumni

Harris Public Policy alumni are committed to advancing the work of 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 members of the Harris community's approach to diversity and inclusion.

The Harris Alumni Council has established a D&I Task Force to help find new ways to engage alumni in this important effort. 

Harris Office of Student Affairs

Harris Student Affairs is committed to ensuring that all students have an environment where they can be their authentic selves and accomplish their best work. Coordinating with Harris’ Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, the Office of Student Affairs provides leadership on a range of diversity and inclusion efforts at Harris. The Student Affairs team also assists in coordinating activities for students that promote and encourage the exchange of diverse viewpoints and experiences. We welcome student input and collaboration in shaping our offerings to meet the needs of our students and our society.

Student Affairs draws on resources and expertise throughout campus, including the University’s Center for Identity + Inclusion, University Campus and Student Life, student organizations, and peers at other graduate schools at the University.

Harris Student Affairs offers support and guidance to students who have faced bias or discrimination. Harris subscribes to the University of Chicago’s Statement on Non-Discrimination, and we are fully committed to the University’s efforts in preventing unlawful discrimination as outlined in the Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct.

Get Involved

Want to get involved? Email the Harris D&I Office (