Thanks to our Team Harris student ambassador, Tiffany Kwak (MPP'18), for this post! Tiffany currently serves as the Director of Marketing for one of our student organizations. Read on to learn more! 

Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS) is one of the oldest student organizations at Harris. It is also a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) within the greater UChicago community. As such, MiPPS draws institutional support from the Center for Leadership and Involvement at the University in addition to core Harris staff and faculty. MiPPS was formally formed in 2004, but its roots began in 1992 as AALAANA - African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. MiPPS also attributes its founding history to the Black Policy Forum, which was created at Harris around 1996. 

MiPPS aims to foster an inclusive community of students that is passionate about promoting minority representation in public policy, as guided by our mission statement:

Minorities in Public Policy Studies serves as an academic, social, and cultural resource for students at Harris Public Policy. Our goals are to raise awareness concerning issues pertaining to minority students of Harris and the greater community, increase the number of minorities at the Harris, and promote civic participation within Harris, the University of Chicago, and the greater community.

After attending several events hosted by MiPPS last academic year, including its Pre-Orientation Week Welcome Event and annual Alumni Awards Gala, I approached last year's Executive Board to ask about what I could do to help push their vision forward. I currently serve as the Director of Marketing within the Executive Board, and I am joined by four other amazing student Directors who lead our Programming, Finance, and Recruitment & Advocacy efforts. We are eager to bring on students to help us achieve our mission, and we hope that our collective passion will allow MiPPS to maintain its reputation as a leading student organization for many years to come.