Monday, Sept. 18th - 5:00 - 8:00 PM (Doors Open at 4:30 PM) - Logan Performance Hall

The Day One Address is a quintessential part of the orientation experience, and features a welcome from multiple members of the Harris community. This annual address is not only a chance for incoming Harris students to engage with one another, but also to learn more about the impact of public policy and the academic journey they are about to embark on.

During the Day One Address, you’ll be welcomed to campus and Harris by the Harris Student Government President, Sarah Boyle. Sarah is a second-year MPP student and Pearson Fellow at Harris Public Policy. Prior to attending Harris, Sarah worked as a major gifts fundraiser across North America for her alma mater, the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she studied geography and international relations.

You’ll learn from CC DuBois, president of the Harris Alumni Council, about the fantastic Harris alumni network you will soon join. CC is currently a doctoral candidate in Northwestern University’s Human Development and Social Policy program. She strives to conduct policy-relevant research in the field of labor economics that is significant and innovative, informed by multiple disciplines, and addresses timely and socially relevant issues. She is a recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and was named by USA Today as a member of the All-USA Academic First Team, which recognizes twenty outstanding individuals graduating from American universities.

You’ll hear the future vision of Harris from the new dean of Harris, Katherine Baicker, a leading scholar in the economic analysis of health care policy. Dean Baicker’s experience in policy leadership includes serving as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2005 to 2007, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy; and on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which provides analysis and policy advice to Congress. Before coming to Harris, she was on the faculty at Harvard and served as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard’s Chan School from 2014 to 2016.


The Day One Address will conclude with The Aims of Public Policy Address. The Aims is a unique experience to UChicago and is an official tradition for incoming students at Harris. Each year, a Harris faculty member is invited to speak about the impact of public policy, while encouraging you to reflect on the purpose of your education. The Aims of Public Policy Address provides a collective moment for students entering Harris during which they can think about the broader aspects of their education before becoming fully immersed in the data-driven Harris approach to policy analysis.

This year’s Aims will be given by William Howell, Ph.D., the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at Harris Public Policy and a professor in the Department of Political Science and the College. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He currently is working on research projects on Obama's education initiatives, distributive politics, and the normative foundations of executive power. Howell is the author, most recently, of Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (Basic Books, 2016).

Following the Day One Address, we hope you reflect in community upon all the speaker's remarks, and share your opinions with fellow incoming students, staff, and faculty at a community reception.



Katherine Baicker

Katherine Baicker: A Greeting to the Harris Public Policy Community

Baicker was appointed the next dean of Harris Public Policy on March 27, 2017.