September 24 - 28, 2018

Welcome Week is the culminating Day One experience. The program takes place September 24 - 28, 2018 and is designed to introduce you to the Harris Public Policy community.

The week consists of multiple programs intended to help you build community and offer professional development opportunities for incoming students. You’ll also have on boarding meetings with your academic advisor and a career advisor during Welcome Week to ensure you start off on the right foot academically and in your career development.

Prepare to be Inspired

You'll have the opportunity to start building your network of aspiring policy leaders and hear from prominent and influential policy leaders.

The Day One Address will welcome you to campus and features a Harris faculty member speaking about the impact of public policy, while encouraging you to reflect on the purpose of your education. Previous speakers have included honored Harris faculty members James Robinson, PhD., author of Why Nations Fail, and William Howell, PhD., author of Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency.

The Common Read and Diversity Luncheon will inspire you to think critically about the crossroads of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. It's shared experience that will bring you closer as community of policy leaders.

The Day One Keynote will challenge you to contemplate your role in complex global and social issues and craft a vision for the future of policy leaders and social change. Previous keynote speakers have included David Axlerod, former Chief Strategist for former President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and Valerie Jarrett, the longest serving senior advisor to President Barack Obama

All Harris students are invited to attend the annual Academic Year Kick-off Boat Cruise, where you can view the luminous Chicago skyline, get to know your peers, and let loose before the Autumn Quarter begins.


Welcome Week will take place September 24 – 28, 2018.

All incoming Harris master's students with the exception of those in the MACRM program will take the mandatory math exams on the first day of Welcome Week.

A detailed schedule will be released during summer 2018.