We are excited to return to a fully in-person Diversity Visit Day (DVD). Our main programming will take place on Friday, October 28, with additional programming on October 27 and 29.

Below is a brief overview of the events. For a more detailed breakdown, visit our schedule page. To apply, start your Harris Application and complete the short form to apply to attend Diversity Visit Day.

On Thursday, October 27 students can join us for breakfast and games early in the morning, followed by program specific break-out sessions to learn about our programs. Then, David Chrisinger, Executive Director of the Harris Writing Program, will conduct a Masterclass session. We’ll break for lunch with current students and during that time we’ll have games available as well. This time can also be used to connect with members of the Admissions team.

After lunch, students will hear from Carol Brown, Executive Director of the Policy Labs. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how experiential learning at Harris can help you grow your skills, connect with organizations, and make an impact with a real-world client. We’ll end our Thursday programming with closing remarks from Afua Osei, MPP’13, MBA’13, recipient of Harris’s Rising Star alumni award in 2020, and co-founder of Motherland Mogul Media and its digital lifestyle brand, She Leads Africa. Students can then take an optional tour of Keller and join in a reception at the Study. In the evening, Harris Student Organizations will sponsor optional activities —more information to come! 

On Friday, October 28 after breakfast and check-in, Senior Associate Dean Ranjan Daniels will give opening remarks and introduce our Academic Panel. The panel features Associate Professor Damon Jones, Assistant Professor Austin Wright, and PhD alumnus and Emory University Assistant Professor David McMillon. Following the panel discussion, students will learn more about our many University Centers, and hear from Steans Professor and Executive Director of the Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobilty, Steven Durlauf. Before lunch, the Career Development Team will host a workshop on Inclusive Leadership at Work, Associate Directors of Career Leadership and Readiness, Sanam Kazi and LaChae Mottley.

After this full morning, we’ll break for lunch with students, followed by a conversation with Kate Shannon Biddle, Dean of Students, and Dana Bozeman, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Harris. Students will then have an opportunity to connect with alumni. We’re pleased to welcome the following alumni:

  • Barbara Barreno-Paschall, MPP’17, Vice Chair, Human Rights Commission, Illinois 
  • Asia Canady, MPP'19, Program and Partnership Manager, Hunter Family Foundation.  
  • Grace Geremias, AM’19, Senior Divisional Strategy Consultant, Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Launa Greer, MSCAPP’21, Software Engineer, 11th Hour Project, Data Science Institute
  • LaReyna Griffin, AM'21, Data Analytics Manager, Illinois Department of Central Management Services 
  • Deion Lemelle, MPP'22, Assistant Director, Center for Effective Government 
  • Marvin Slaughter, MPP'21, Portfolio Manager, UChicago Inclusive Economy Lab 
  • Aidan Ali-Sullivan, MPP/MBA’17, State Policy Affairs, Waymo, formerly the Google Self-Driving Car Project 

We’ll end the day with closing remarks from Ranjan Daniels, and an opportunity to connect during a reception.

On Saturday, October 29 current students will host additional activities. These will be led by students, not the Admissions staff—more information soon!