The new student orientation experience 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 and 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.

Opening Keynote

Last year's program featured an opening keynote by Jahmal Cole, CLA’20, CEO & Founder 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.

As the founder and CEO of the city’s fastest growing social impact organization, My Block My Hood My City, Jahmal is the creator of an exposure-based education program for teens and a network of volunteer initiatives that serve Chicago communities year-round.

In 2019, Jahmal Cole was named to Crain’s 40 under 40, he’s also the recipient of the 2019 Champion of Freedom Award, the 2018 Chicago Defender Men of Excellence Honoree, and the 2018 Chicago City Council Resolution Award. In 2018, he was also named one of the “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans” by Streetwise Magazine and a Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine. Most recently he was awarded the 2020 American Red Cross Community Impact Hero Award.

This year's opening keynote will be announced in summer 2021.

Jahmal Cole
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Jahmal Cole (CLA'20) Discusses Signs of Inequality in Chicago

Cole, creator and CEO of My Block My Hood My City, Chicago's fastest growing social impact organization, has recently published a book for his campaign "It's Not Regular," pointing out inequities between neighborhoods.