Monday, Sept. 24th - 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

Welcome Week kicks off with the Day One Address, a quintessential part of the orientation experience that features multiple members of the Harris community. 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 a tradition for incoming students. 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.

Last year’s Aims was given by William Howell, Ph.D., the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at Harris Public Policy and a professor in the Department of Political Science and the College. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He currently is working on research projects on Obama's education initiatives, distributive politics, and the normative foundations of executive power. Howell is the author of Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government—and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency (Basic Books, 2016).

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.

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.