Diverse Student Body

Harris students come from all over the world and represent diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, socio-economic background, and social and political belief, and more. 

Currently, Harris students:

  • Represent 52 countries and 39 U.S. states
  • Speak 38 languages 
  • 22% percent of the class of U.S. students in the fall of 2020 come from under-represented populations

Meet Our Students & Alumni

Our students bring a variety of experiences and expertise to Harris Public Policy. Read about their stories:

Watch our video series of students' experiences.

Student Organizations at Harris

Harris has more than 30 student organizations, including many specifically for students of color, women, and international students.

Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS)

Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS) raises awareness about policy issues related to minority students at Harris Public Policy. MiPPS also works to increase the number of minorities at Harris Public Policy and to promote civic participation within Harris, the University of Chicago and the greater community.

MiPPS recently celebrated their 20th anniversary at Harris Public Policy.

“I care deeply about issues of race, of systemic inequities. This is an organization where you can explore those issues in the context of public policy and go deeper than we were in some of our classes.”

Melissa Navas, MPP'19 and former MiPPS President 
Harris Public Policy students at dinner celebrating the student organization Minorities in Public Policy Studies' 20th anniversary.
Harris Public Policy students at dinner celebrating their upcoming graduation.

Black Action in Public Policy Studies (BAPPS)

Black Action in Public Policy Studies (BAPPS) dedicates itself to centering the experiences and needs of Black people through policy from a Black feminist lens. BAPPS hosts policy-based events centered around Black experiences, engages in acts of service in Chicago, and provides professional networking opportunities.


OUTPolitik (OUT-pohl-eh-TEEK) is Harris Public Policy's student organization for LGBTQ-identified students and allies committed to fostering a community of future policy professionals interested in issues affecting the LGBTQ community.

Latin American Matters

Latin American Matters promotes the discussion and better understanding of economic, social and political issues in Latin American countries through a public policy approach.

Students smiling at the bowling alley
Students in the incoming class celebrated their arrival to campus with a bowling outing.

Kinda, Sorta, Brown Podcast

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Kinda Sorta Brown podcast

Produced by Harris students, the podcast Kinda, Sorta, Brown is a conversational deep dive into how intersectional identities influence a variety of policy areas. The show discusses issues like climate change, student activism, and discrimination in a way that connects data to the personal narratives of those working in these spaces.

Partner Organizations with Harris

PPIA Program

The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) works to promote the inclusion and full participation of underrepresented groups in public service and to advance their leadership roles throughout civic institutions serving domestic and international affairs. 

Harris Public Policy recently hosted PPIA students during their visit to Chicago.

Public Policy and International Affairs Program students visiting Harris Public Policy
Public Policy and International Affairs Program students visiting Harris Public Policy

Harris Public Policy also partners with the following organizations:

Email the Admissions Office to learn more about our partnerships.