Thursday, October 27–Saturday, October 29 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 27

Breakfast and Check-In

8–9:15 a.m.

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

Welcome and Overview of the Day

9:30–9:45 a.m.

Join us for a welcome and overview of the day.

Breakout Sessions

9:45–10:55 a.m.

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

Masterclass with David Chrisinger

David Chrisinger
David Chrisinger

11:10 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Join us for a Masterclass with David Chrisinger. David Chrisinger is the Executive and Writing Director in the Academic and Student Affairs office, where he leads the Harris Writing Program and the Persuasive Writing Credential Program. David also teaches policy writing courses, advises the Chicago Policy Review, and helps faculty members develop and evaluate writing-focused assignments.


12:30–1:45 p.m.

Join current students, staff, and other prospective students for lunch and games on the patio.

Policy Labs Information Session with Students

Carol Brown
Carol Brown

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Join Carol Brown, Executive Director of the Harris Policy Labs, 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.

Afua Osei
Afua Osei, MPP/MBA

Alumni Remarks

3–3:30 p.m.

Join Harris alumnus Afua Osei, MPP/MBA, co-founder and CEO of to learn how her Harris experience impacted her career trajectory.

Keller at Dusk
The Keller Center

Reception and Optional Tour of The Keller Center

3:30–5 p.m.

Join students, alumni, and your fellow prospective students for a reception. You may also take an optional tour of Harris's home, The Keller Center.

An Evening with Harris Student Organizations

5–6:30 p.m.

Depart from The Study for a night sponsored by our Harris Student Organizations. Join Military Affiliated Students of Harris (MASH) and Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS) and Black Action in Public Policy Studies (BAPPS).

Friday, October 28

Breakfast and Check-In

8:30–9:15 a.m.

Meet Admissions at The Study hotel for check-in and breakfast.

Ranjan Daniels
Ranjan Daniels

Welcome Address

9:15–9:30 a.m.

Join Ranjan Daniels, Senior Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach, for a welcome address and introduction to our faculty panel.

Damon Jones, David Mcmillon, and Austin Wright
Damon Jones, David McMillon, and Austin Wright

Academic Panel

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Hear from an academic panel moderated by Devon Reber Drehmer, Senior Director of Recruitment Operations. This year, we are pleased to be joined by: 

Steven Durlauf
Steven Durlauf

Session with Steven Durlauf

11–11:30 a.m.

Hear from Steven Durlauf, Steans Professor in Educational Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and Faculty Director of the recently launched Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility.Durlauf's research spans many topics in microeconomics and macroeconomics. His most important substantive contributions involve the areas of poverty, inequality and economic growth.

Career Development Office—Inclusive Leadership at Work

Sanam Kazi and LaChae Mottley
Sanam Kazi and LaChae Mottley

11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

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

Lunch and Student Panel

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Hear from current students on their experience at Harris over lunch.

Diversity and Inclusion and Support Services

Dana Bozeman and Kate Biddle
Dana Bozeman and Kate Shannon Biddle

1:30–2 p.m.

Harris’ Diversity & Inclusion Office and Dean of Students Office both provide resources for students in our effort to ensure that our community is welcoming and intentional in its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Join Dana Bozeman, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion and Kate Shannon Biddle, Dean of Students, for a conversation about the resources available to Harris students.

Alumni Conversations

2–3:45 p.m.

During two short sessions, you'll have an opportunity to connect directly with 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 

Closing Remarks

Ranjan Daniels
Ranjan Daniels

4–4:15 p.m.

Ranjan Daniels, Senior Associate Dean of Student Recruitment and Global Outreach, will share closing remarks.


4:15–5 p.m.

Join students, alumni, and your fellow prospective students for a reception.

Saturday, October 29

Saturday activities are driven by our current students, not hosted by Harris Admissions. You will receive more details about these events via email. Attendees are responsible for their expenses associated with this event. Previous activities have included brunch, and outdoor activities including meeting at Millennium Park and the Lincoln Park Zoo.