August 31 - September 25, 2020

New student orientation takes place August 31 - September 25, 2020 and is designed to integrate you into a thriving community of aspiring policy leaders.

The experience is designed to provide students with an understanding of the Harris School curriculum, academic support resources, Harris student life opportunities, campus systems, the city of Chicago, and University resources.

However, the most important element of the new student orientation experience is fostering a sense of community amongst our diverse student body.

Prepare to be Inspired

During orientation students are introduced to essential conversations about diversity and inclusion, leadership and personal development, career development. Students will also have the opportunity to hear from faculty and Harris leadership about the philosophical basis of the Harris academic experience and hear from key policy leaders and practitioners about the impact policy can mean for the world. 

Day One Address

The Day One Address kicks off the new student orientation experience. This annual address is not only a chance for you to engage with other incoming students, but also to learn more about the impact of public policy and the academic journey you are about to embark on. The program will conclude with an opening keynote by Jahmal Cole, CLA’20, Founder & CEO of My Block My Hood My City. A champion of social justice, Jahmal Cole’s mission is to build a more interconnected Chicago on the pillars of service and education.

Aims of Public Policy

The Aims of Public Policy provides a collective moment for students entering Harris during which they can think about the broader aspects of their education before becoming fully immersed in the data-driven Harris approach to policy analysis. This year's address will be given by Scott Ashworth, PhD, Harris Public Policy Professor and Director of the Harris Public Policy PhD program. Professor Ashworth's research uses game-theoretic models to study a variety of issues in political science, with a special emphasis on campaigns and elections.

Common Read

The Common Read is part of Harris’ commitment to diversity and inclusion and Harris’ shared belief that it is essential that future policymakers be given the opportunity to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of people who have been marginalized. It's a shared experience that will bring you closer as community of policy leaders. The 2020 Common Read is What the Eyes Don’t See, by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha. A riveting account of the Flint water crisis, What the Eyes Don’t See reveals how misguided policies and bureaucratic indifference placed an entire city at risk.

Day One Keynote

The Day One Keynote will challenge you to contemplate your role in complex global and social issues and craft a vision for the future of policy leadership and social change. This year's Keynote speaker is Jamira Burley, an internationally recognized speaker, social justice advocate, and next-gen social impact consultant. Jamira is on a mission to lead systematic and sustainable change that improves the lives of young people across the globe. Recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Jamira leads with expertise on social justice, youth engagement, education reform and corporate social responsibility to authentically reshape communities and disrupt the status quo.

Schedule 

New student orientation will take place August 31 - September 25, 2020. Please find an overview of major orientation programs below. In addition to these programs, there will also be other programming hosted by Harris Student Organizations (HSOs) or other Harris units and departments. RSVPs and event details can be found on HarrisHub and will be included in weekly event digests emailed throughout orientation.

All incoming Harris master's students with the exception of those in the MACRM and MAIDP programs will take the mandatory math exams during new student orientation.

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