Harris Student Organizations (HSOs) are an opportunity to make connections, put policy into practice, and develop and refine your leadership, teamwork, and project management skills. Interested in learning more?

Admissions is hosting a series of HSO Community Chats April 11–15, which are casual, conversational meetings with members of HSOs to ask questions in a small group format. Register for sessions by clicking the date associated with each session and logging in with your application credentials.

Please note, these sessions are only open to those who have submitted applications or were admitted into the class starting fall 2022. All sessions take place in Central Standard Time (UTC-6).

Learn more about each organization by clicking the organization name in the list below.

Black Action in Public Policy Studies (BAPPS)

Black Action in Public Policy Studies (BAPPS) focuses on public policy issues faced by Black communities, nationally and globally. We promote high-quality, policy-based events centered around Black experiences; engage in acts of service and developing partnerships with the greater Chicago community; and provide professional networking opportunities. We believe in the work of critical discourse and its power to influence public policy in Black communities and for Black people.

Behavioral Economics and Public Policy (BEPP)

How can biases disrupt policymaking, and how can we use nudges and behavioral sciences to make better policies? If you are interested in these questions, join us to learn more about the Behavioral Economics and Public Policy (BEPP) HSO, and their programs to understand the use of behavioral science and economics in public policy.

Chicago Policy Review (CPR)

The Chicago Policy Review contributes timely, relevant content to the policy community drawn from policy research, preeminent practitioners, and academics, delivered through the journal website and an annual print publication. As a student-run organization, the Chicago Policy Review affords Harris students the opportunity to improve their written and verbal communication skills, develop a focused policy expertise, and gain valuable leadership experience.

Harris Community Action (HCA)

Harris Community Action connects Harris graduate students to the larger South Side Community through a unique fellowship program that utilizes student expertise in data and policy analysis for the benefit of local non-profit organizations.

International Development Policy Association (IDPA)

The International Development Policy Association has grown rapidly at Harris with the help of new faculty hires, The Pearson Institute, the International Policy Development Certificate, and the diversifying student body around the world. Interested in joining an organization that engages with international development policy research and career opportunities, while creating a space for like-minded students? Join us to learn more.

Latin America(n) Matters (LAM)

Latin America(n) Matters (LAM) seeks to promote the discussion and better understanding of economic, social, and political issues in Latin American countries through a public policy approach. We host activities and share information on Latin American issues and culture with the University of Chicago community.


OUTpolitik is committed to fostering a community of future policy professionals interested in issues affecting the LGBTQIA community. We strive to make Harris a welcoming and engaging center for LGBTQIA students and the study of LGBTQIA policy.

South Asian Students Policy Association (SASPA)

South Asian Students Policy Association aims to deliver policy insights through experts conducting research in South Asia.

University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts (UC3P)

University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts (UC3P) is a student-run podcast network based at Harris that aims to promote public discourse by creating a series of multi-segment, multi-format podcasts that discuss policy issues using an interdisciplinary approach. On UC3P, students share their thoughts and interests in policy in a real-world setting.

Urban Policy Student Association (UPSA)

The Urban Policy Student Association (UPSA) is a community of UChicago students interested in the policy decisions, political dynamics, and social issues that shape cities around the world. UPSA aims to help Harris students tap into the unprecedented energy in cities across America. We host creative thinkers in urban policy and innovation, visit leading organizations in Chicago, and offer professional development and networking for Harris students energized by urban policy.

Women in Public Policy (WiPP)

Women in Public Policy (WiPP) is a Harris Student Organization whose mission is to strengthen the Harris feminist community and foster inclusion and empowerment of gender minorities.