About the Campaign

On November 5, Chicago Harris received a donation of $32.5 million from Dennis and Connie Keller and the Harris family. By supporting a new building for Chicago Harris – an imaginative redesign of the 1962 Edward Durell Stone Building – the gift will allow for substantial growth in faculty size and student enrollment.

But this momentous gift is only the beginning. It was announced days into the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry & Impact, an ambitious and comprehensive initiative to raise $4.5 billion by 2019. As part of the University-wide campaign, Chicago Harris aims to raise $74 million to support not only the new building, but also three other key investment areas.

Scholarships and fellowships provide promising scholars with valuable study, research and training opportunities. This year, the first-ever Chicago Harris Alumni Fellowship has enabled student AnnaLisa Daniele to follow her passion of fighting global health inequality. Bolstering support for fellowships will allow the school to keep recruiting the brightest talents regardless of economic background, giving promising students the financial freedom to drive progress in the areas they care about.

The school also seeks to fortify its robust internship and practicum offerings. Students in recent years have prepared reports at the World Trade Organization, surveyed abandoned properties in Gary, Indiana, and met with people working to eradicate TB in India – all with support from Chicago Harris. New donations will help more students gain valuable experience through unpaid or underpaid opportunities like these.

Finally, the campaign will benefit the academic centers addressing pressing policy challenges at Harris. The centers – the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, the Center for Policy Entrepreneurship, the Center for Municipal Finance and the Center for Data Science and Public Policy – were founded on the idea that true innovation happens when faculty and researchers cross disciplinary boundaries. Donor support will enhance the centers’ ability to produce innovative research with worldwide impact.

The Inquiry & Impact campaign is a chance for donors to provide promising social innovators with the study, research and work opportunities needed to launch their careers. “Years from now we will look back on this day as a transformative moment in the history of the school,” Dean Daniel Diermeier said at the November 5 gift announcement. “Rigor and relevance remain our compass point, but our aspirations for our school continue to rise. We cannot achieve our goals without our wonderful, committed and generous supporters.”


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