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Michelle Hoereth

Michelle Hoereth, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Michelle Hoereth currently serves as 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.

To learn more of Michelle's story, read "Michelle Hoereth Puts Diversity at the Forefront."

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Ángel L. Vélez

Ángel L. Vélez, Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Programs

Ángel L. Vélez, Ph.D.,is the Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Programs, in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He manages a growing portfolio of diversity initiatives and programming for students, including Common Read, Black History Month, Diversity Dialogues, and Diversity Training. Dr. Vélez also facilitates diversity training and create content for Harris Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Dr. Vélez possesses eight years of experience designing, implementing, and analyzing research studies dealing with racial equity and working with diverse students and programs in higher education. He also boasts five years of experience teaching racial and cultural diversity courses, including Black Studies, Latinx and Latin American Studies, Asian American Studies, and diversity in education.

Dr. Vélez earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership with a concentration in History of Education and a graduate minor in Latina/o Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. Dr. Vélez also earned an Associates in Applied Sciences at Wilbur Wright College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. He is a proud graduate of Chicago Public Schools.

To learn more of Ángel's story, read "Ángel L. Vélez on the Relationship Between Diversity and Inclusion Work and Public Policy."