Assistant Dean, Diversity and Inclusion

About Michelle Hoereth

Michelle Hoereth is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Harris Public Policy. Michelle comes to Harris with 20 years of experience in urban policy and development. With an extensive career working for regional and national nonprofits, her depth and breadth of knowledge span across many sectors, including community development, urban education, and healthcare. Her work in these spaces has allowed her to deepen her commitment to diversity and inclusion while working toward equitable solutions for people and communities in greatest need. At Harris, Michelle is responsible for launching new diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, managing existing programs, and working directly with Harris Student Organizations.

Michelle has been a practitioner, a researcher, and an instructor. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in policy studies in urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, currently conducting research that looks deeply at the intersection of urban and education policy in the city of Chicago. She has taught several policy courses, and she has managed service-learning and AmeriCorps programs.

Michelle has an MA in urban planning and policy development from Rutgers University, an MEd in educational policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BA in economics from Howard University.