Thursday, October 12–Friday, October 13 join the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy for our annual Diversity Visit Day programming!

Diversity Visit Day is an opportunity for you to connect with current students and alumni, engage with faculty, and learn about the support offered at Harris for underrepresented and first generation college students.

Please note, all times listed below are in Central Daylight Time (UTC-5).

Thursday, October 12

Opening Wide the School House Doors: Access to Education from Pre-K to Higher Ed​

6–8 p.m. CDT (UTC-5)

The School House, River North (transportation will be provided)​

Ariel Kalil, Arne Duncan, and Natalie Moore
Arne Duncan, Natalie Moore, Ariel Kalil, and Martin V. Torres

Register for Opening Wide the School House Doors: Access to Education from Pre-K to Higher Ed​

A quality education can create better outcomes for people across a variety of dimensions. Still, from parents teaching their young children the basics of math, to school age children moving to a new neighborhood for a chance at better schools, to young adults trying to decide whether they can afford to attend college, access to education remains elusive for many. Join Professor Ariel Kalil; Arne Duncan, former US Secretary of Education; and Martin V. Torres, Deputy Governor for Education in Illinois, for a discussion with award-winning author and journalist Natalie Y. Moore on how to provide high quality education for more people in the United States.

Friday, October 13

Breakfast and Check-In

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Meet Admissions at The Study hotel for check-in and breakfast and join other prospective students for games on the patio.

Ranjan Daniels
Ranjan Daniels

Welcome and Overview of the Day

9:15–9:30 a.m.

Join Senior Associate Dean Ranjan Daniels for a welcome and overview of the day.

Dana Bozeman, Rich Delewsky, Aremu Mbande
Dana Bozeman,Aremu Mbande, and Rich Delewsky

Diversity & Inclusion Office Overview and Activity

9:30–10:15 a.m.

Hear from our Diversity & Inclusion team, Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion Dana Bozeman, Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion Aremu Mbande, and Associate Director for Student Diversity and Inclusion Programs Rich Delewsky.

Degree Program Overview Breakouts

10:30–11:30 a.m.

You will have the opportunity to join two of the following breakout rooms learn more about full-time degree programs, including:

We are pleased to be joined by:

  • Nayva Koppusetty, MPP Class of 2024
  • Jonathan DaCosta, MPP Class of 2024
  • Aïcha Camara, MSCAPP Class of 2024
  • Xiomara Salazar Flores, MSCAPP Class of 2024
  • Rohit Kandala, MSCAPP Class of 2024
  • Will Pennington, MACRM Class of 2023
Lachae Mottley and Marina Williams
LeChae Mottley and Marina Williams

Career Development Office—Inclusive Leadership at Work

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Join  LeChae Mottley and Marina Williams, Associate Directors of Career Readiness with the Career Development Office for a session on inclusive leadership in the workplace.

    Christian Mitchell
    Christian Mitchell

    Lunch Conversation with Christian Mitchell, Vice President for Civic Engagement

    12:30–1 p.m.

    Join Christian Mitchell, Vice President for Civic Engagement, with the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement for lunch. In his role, Mitchell builds civic engagement partnerships with academic and administrative units at the University and engages community and corporate partners to build durable relationships and partnerships for economic opportunity on the South Side of Chicago and in the region.

    Carol Brown
    Carol Brown

    Policy Labs Overview

    1–2 p.m.

    Join Carol Brown, Executive Director of the Harris Policy Labs, as well as current students, to learn more about Policy Labs,  a unique initiative in which teams of second-year Harris students apply their rigorous core education to real-time public policy challenges facing client organizations.

    Kate Shannon Biddle
    Kate Shannon Biddle, Dean of Students

    Finding your path: Conversation with Dean of Students, Current Students, and Alumni

    2:15–3 p.m.

    Dean of Students Kate Shannon Biddle will moderate an alumni panel for Harris students. We are pleased to be joined by:


    3–3:15 p.m.

    Damon Jones and Carmelo Barbaro
    Damon Jones and Carmelo Barbaro

    Faculty Research Deep Dive: Universal Basic Income and Guaranteed Income Programs

    3:15–4:15 p.m.

    Join Damon Jones, Associate Professor and associate director of the Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility, and Carmelo Barbaro, Executive Director of the Inclusive Economy Lab for a dive into their research on Universal Basic Income and Guaranteed Income Programs.

    Closing Remarks and Activity

    4–4:45 p.m.

    We will share closing remarks and engage in one last activity for the day.

    Keller at Dusk
    The Keller Center

    Happy Hour

    4:45–6 p.m.

    Come celebrate LatinX & Hispanic Heritage Month with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and The Association of Latinx Students for Social Justice (ALAS)  for our social hour as we center the tapestry of cultures, communities, and contributions of Latinx peoples—in the United States and abroad.