May 1-2, 2020 in Chicago

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, April 30: The MiPPS Alumni Awards Gala & 20th Anniversary Celebration starts at 6 pm. The location is TBD.

Friday, May 1: Events start at 12:30 pm at The Standard Club in downtown Chicago. 

Saturday, May 2: Events start at 10 am at The Keller Center, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Schedule below is subject to change.


Thursday, Connect Weekend

Thursday, April 30

6–9 pm, MiPPS Alumni Awards Gala & 20th Anniversary Celebration

Join MiPPs current students for a very special evening to celebrate 20 years as a Harris Student Organization.

We also encourage all alumni and friends of MiPPs to join us for a celebratory event where we will honor our 18th Alumni Award Recipient.


Check back soon for the location of Thursday evening's events.

Friday, Connect Weekend

Friday, May 1


The events on Friday take place downtown at The Standard Club: 

The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL 60604

12:30–2 pm: Welcome Lunch and “State of Harris” by Dean Baicker

Join Katherine Baicker, Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor for her "State of Harris" presentation and a welcome lunch.

2–3:15 pm: Highlighting Harris’ Programs

Please choose one to attend:

Harris in Leadership (Track 1): Join alumni leaders in a panel discussion about their board leadership roles within non-profit and business realms.

Help Shape the Future Class at Harris (Track 2): Learn about Harris' recruitment efforts, outcomes of the 2019 class, and how alumni & friends can assist with efforts; Presented by the Student Recruitment and Global Outreach Team.

3:30–4:45 pm: Highlighting Harris’ Alumni

Please choose one to attend:

Putting Policy into Practice (Track 1): Panelists will be announced soon.

Harris alumni have been instrumental in identifying innovative ways to apply their academic training into the real world. Learn about the projects that alumni have paved the way on bringing Harris faculty and students along the way. 

Alumni Making a Global Impact (Track 2): Panelists will be announced soon.

5–6 pm: Aims of Public Policy Address

James Robinson, The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict and Director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, will present the Aims of Public Policy Address.

6–7 pm: Closing Reception

7–8:30 pm: Harris Alumni Awards Dinner

Join Harris' Dean, Katherine Baicker, for a dinner ceremony honoring recipients of the 2020 Alumni Awards for Career Achievement, Rising Star, and Alumni Service.

Saturday, Connect Weekend

Saturday, May 2


The Keller Center
1307 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL

Directions to the Keller Center

10–11:30 am: Harris Community Brunch

Join your fellow alumni for brunch with the Harris community and engage with current students and faculty.

12–3 pm: Get to Know Harris

Take advantage of your time on campus through this suite of programs and interactive sessions aimed to get alumni more involved with the life of the school.

You can participate in multiple sessions:

  • Open Alumni Council Meeting (12–1:30 pm)
  • Tours
    • Keller Center tour
    • Arts Block tour
    • Campus tour
  • Harris Showcase/Volunteer Fair

2–3 pm: Mini-Labs

  • Policy Lab
  • Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab (BIP Lab)
  • Career Development Office 

3–4:30 pm: Class/Affinity Specific Gatherings

Check back soon for more details.

5–7 pm: Class Reunion Dinners

Alumni from the classes of 2019, 2015, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, 1985, and 1980 celebrate their milestone reunions this year. In addition, we will welcome back CAPP alumni. Join us for dinner to reconnect with your classmates.

Interested in becoming a member of your Class Reunion Committee? Email the Alumni Relations team