Staff & Initiatives

Michelle Hoereth, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Chicago

Michelle Hoereth
Michelle Hoereth

Michelle Hoereth is the Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Chicago.

Formerly the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Harris Public Policy, Michelle Hoereth oversaw the development of new diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives, managed  existing programs, and worked directly with Harris Student Organizations.

Michelle brought Harris 20 years of experience in urban policy and development. Her work in these spaces allowed her to deepen her commitment to diversity and inclusion while working toward equitable solutions for people and communities in greatest need.

Student Recruitment Initiatives

The Admissions team at Harris Public Policy works to attract and enroll a diverse class of students each year. In fact, we have nearly tripled the number of underrepresented minority students in the past five years.

Theodore Barnes, Associate Director, Student Recruitment

Theodore Barnes
Theodore Barnes

Theodore enthusiastically joined Harris after an impactful career leading the Admissions Office at Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice.

A current part-time Ph.D. student in the Loyola University of Chicago School of Education Higher Education Program, Theodore is a recognized higher education leader and educator with more than 14 years of experience in student services, recruitment, and academic affairs. Theodore's expertise includes student recruitment strategy and execution; curricular programming development and delivery; event planning; Title IX funding; and grant and scholarship management.

Ranjan Daniels, Senior Associate Dean, Student Recruitment and Global Outreach

Ranjan Daniels
Ranjan Daniels

Ranjan is responsible for student recruitment and admissions, financial aid, executive education, new program development, and international partnerships. Ranjan has twenty years of experience building relationships and products, opening new markets, and driving innovation at the University of Chicago, Kaplan, Berkshire Hathaway, the Tribune Company, and the City of Chicago.

Overview: Diversity and Inclusion at Harris

Diversity and inclusion is essential to policy leadership. Fostering an environment that encourages rigorous inquiry and effective public policy problem-solving requires the involvement and understanding of diverse viewpoints, experiences, and traditions. The Harris School of Public Policy has made this commitment a priority as we prepare a new generation of policy leaders to make a positive social impact in their communities and around the world. Learn more about the Harris D&I office.

Common Read 

The Common Read includes incoming students each year, as well as faculty and staff, who read the same book and discuss it together. This year, we are reading Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez, the international bestselling examination of how a gender gap in data perpetuates bias and disadvantages women.

The Common Read is part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and our belief that future policymakers must be given the opportunity to better understand the lived experiences of people who have been marginalized and to explore related policy questions.