Through annual signature programs and initiatives, Harris is committed to fostering inclusive and thought-provoking opportunities for the entire Harris community, including students, prospective students, faculty, staff, and alumni, to engage in meaningful dialogue about issues of race, equity, and inclusion in our communities and society.

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Harris hosts weekly events throughout February to facilitate meaningful conversations about the Black experience and to highlight contributions made by policymakers, thinkers, activists, and leaders.


Held quarterly, Harris’ "Perspectives" series features policy leaders and scholars with diverse viewpoints and lived experiences who are confronting crucial questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work to advance social justice through innovative policies.

The theme for this year’s series is education as we dive into challenging topics such race, equity, and disparate impact at various levels in the system.

Diversity Day

Diversity Day is hosted each year for talented underrepresented individuals to get to know the Harris School of Public Policy and its community, and each other.

The Common Read

The Common Read is an initiative that aims to build a shared experience with classmates and create community at Harris. Each year, the Common Read is carefully selected by our Orientation Staff and the Harris Diversity & Inclusion office. The Common Read is rooted in the belief that it is essential that future policymakers be given the opportunity to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of people who have been marginalized and explore related policy questions.

The main goal is simple – to have all incoming students collectively share in a single learning experience while gaining an appreciation for diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and individual stories that not only impacts how we work together as classmates, but how we view the world as future policymakers.

2020 Common Read

The 2020 Common Read is What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. A riveting account of the Flint water crisis, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided policies and bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.

Students will be provided with access to an electronic version of the book. If you require a physical copy, please email

Previous Common Reads


“Just Mercy,” 2019-2020 Common Read, Sparks Conversations on Race, Injustice

In a tradition begun by Harris students, Common Read confronts issues of diversity, inclusion, and public policy.