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As the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Dana serves as the senior leader responsible for advancing diversity and inclusion efforts across Harris. She leads the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and works with Harris leadership and the Dean to engage with students, alumni, staff, and faculty. She also collaborates with partners across the University and externally.
Dana has been a higher education administration professional for more than 17 years. She has trained students, faculty, staff, and private organizations for more than 12 years in diversity and leadership-related topics. She has executed diversity consulting for Microsoft and Britannica most recently. Dana is a current member of the Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Board. She has supported graduate and professional students at Loyola University, Northwestern University, and most recently she served as the Director of Diversity of UChicagoGRAD here at The University of Chicago.
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 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 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.
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.
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.