September 24 - 28, 2018

Welcome Week is the culminating Day One experience. The program takes place September 24 - 28, 2018 and is is designed to integrate you into a thriving community of aspiring policy leaders.

The week consists of multiple programs intended to help you build community and offer professional development opportunities for incoming students. You’ll also have on boarding meetings with your academic advisor and a career advisor during Welcome Week to ensure you start off on the right foot academically and in your career development.

Prepare to be Inspired

You'll have the opportunity to start building your network of aspiring policy leaders and hear from prominent and influential policy leaders.

The Day One Address will welcome you to campus and features a Harris faculty member speaking about the impact of public policy, while encouraging you to reflect on the purpose of your education. This year's faculty keynote will be given by Christopher R. Berry, the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at Harris and author of Imperfect Union: Representation and Taxation in Multilevel Governments. Previous speakers have included honored Harris faculty members James Robinson, PhD., author of Why Nations Fail, and William Howell, PhD., author of Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency.

The Common Read and Diversity Luncheon will inspire you to think critically about the crossroads of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. It's shared experience that will bring you closer as community of policy leaders.  The Luncheon will feature Natalie Y. Moore, author of the 2018 Common Read; The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation.

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 Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, born of an immigrant family and public servant for the 8th District of Illinois. Previous keynote speakers have included David Axlerod, former Chief Strategist for former President Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, and Valerie Jarrett, the longest serving senior advisor to President Barack Obama

The week concludes with the annual Academic Year Kick-off on board the Mystic Blue, where you can view the luminous Chicago skyline from Lake Michigan, get to know your peers, and let loose before the Autumn Quarter begins - be sure to bring your dancing shoes!


Welcome Week will take place September 24 – 28, 2018.

All incoming Harris master's students with the exception of those in the MACRM and MAIDP programs will take the mandatory math exams on the first day of Welcome Week.

Detailed schedule now available!

Please note the below program(s) require you to RSVP to attend:

9/22 - Engage Chicago Through Service 

9/25 - All Graduate Student Orientation

9/28 - Academic Year Kick Off - Boat Dance

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