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Thank you for your interest in the Queering Public Policy a new zine from Harris School of Public Policy!
Zine (noun) \ ˈzēn \ : a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published, unique work of minority interest that does not exist to make a profit but, rather, to amplify often unheard voices through means available to almost everyone.
Harris School of Public Policy is committed to fostering an environment that encourages rigorous inquiry. We understand that effective public policy problem-solving requires the involvement and understanding of diverse viewpoints, experiences, and traditions.
In keeping with that core value is recognizing that diversity and inclusion are essential to combating discrimination, addressing disparities, and cultivating ethical and clear-eyed policy leadership. Creating this zine is an acknowledgement of the lack of representation of LGBTQIA+ voices and identities in the policy field.
Queering Public Policy exists to amplify those voices by featuring written and artistic submissions from students, alumni, faculty, and staff that reflect their lived experiences at the intersection of public policy scholarship and practice, and LGBTQIA+ identity
Consistent with the University of Chicago’s commitment to free expression, we believe that open discourse is vital to our mission as a policy school. Harris encourages its leadership, faculty, student body, and administrative staff to respect and engage with others of differing backgrounds or perspectives, even when the ideas or insights shared may be viewed as unpopular or controversial.
Recognizing that diverse views, as well as political, cultural, religious, and social differences, can create tension, Harris aims to foster thought-provoking discourse by encouraging community members to speak freely about all issues. We are a place where difficult questions are discussed with mutual respect and open minds.
In appreciation of shared perspectives and to acknowledge selected contributions, writers and artists whose work is selected for publication will receive compensation in the form of up to 3 physical copies of the zine and a $50 gift card redeemable at Build Coffee or Target.