Monday, Sept. 21st - 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. 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

The Address will open with remarks by Jeremy Edwards, Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs, then 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 research focuses primarily on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance, with a particular focus on health insurance finance and the effect of reforms on the distribution and quality of care. She is currently one of the leaders of a research program investigating the many effects of expanding health insurance coverage in the context of a randomized Medicaid expansion in Oregon. Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Before coming to the University of Chicago, Baicker was the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 

"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.  

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:

Ryan Kellogg, Ph.D. (2019)

Christopher R. Berry, Ph.D. (2018)

William Howell, Ph.D. (2017)

James Robinson, Ph.D. (2016)

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


Professor Ryan Kellogg Explores Energy and Environment Trade-Offs in Aims of Public Policy Address

In his address, Kellogg demonstrated the nuance in conversations about public policy, showing students how the Core will empower them to positively impact the world around them.