Monday, Sept. 23rd - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.) Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

Welcome Week kicks off with the Day One Address, a quintessential part of the 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 Perfect Beginning to Your Harris Experience

You'll be welcomed to campus and Harris by the Harris Student Government President.

You’ll learn from the President of the Harris Alumni Council, about Harris' fantastic alumni network you will soon join. 

You’ll hear the future vision of Harris from the Dean of Harris, Katherine Baicker, a leading scholar in the economic analysis of health care policy. Dean Baicker’s experience in policy leadership includes serving as a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2005 to 2007, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy; and on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which provides analysis and policy advice to Congress. Before coming to Harris, she was on the faculty at Harvard and served as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard’s Chan School from 2014 to 2016.

"Aims of Public Policy Address"

The event will conclude with the annual Aims of Public Policy Address. The Aims is a unique experience to Harris and is an annual tradition. Each year, a Harris faculty member is invited to speak about the impact of public policy, while encouraging you to reflect on the purpose of your education. The Aims 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.  The 2019 faculty speaker will selected in early spring.

The 2018 Aims was given by Christopher R. Berry, the William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, academic director of the Center for Municipal Finance, and faculty director of the Master of Science Program in Computational Analysis and Public Policy. His research interests include metropolitan governance, the politics of public finance, and intergovernmental fiscal relations. Berry is the author of Imperfect Union: Representation and Taxation in Multilevel Governments (Cambridge UP, 2010), winner of the Best Book Award in Urban Politics from the American Political Science Association, and many other scholarly publications.

Following the Day One Address, we hope you reflect in community upon all the speaker's remarks, and share your opinions with fellow incoming students, staff, and faculty at a community reception.

Previous speakers include:

William Howell, Ph.D. (2017)

James Robinson, Ph.D. (2016)

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Ph.D. (2015)

Katherine Baicker

Katherine Baicker: A Greeting to the Harris Public Policy Community

Baicker was appointed the next dean of Harris Public Policy on March 27, 2017.