Join fellow Harris alumni & friends for a special access trip to Mexico City, Mexico on July 26 - 30, 2019.

In partnership with the Evening Master's Program, participants will get insider access to local policy leaders at the forefront of addressing some of the toughest public policy questions facing Chicago’s sister city – Mexico City. On this trip, participants will connect with alumni and friends who are at the helm leading change at government agencies, businesses, and NGO's that impact the city of Mexico and beyond.

The itinerary is listed below. This trip is open to all Harris alumni and friends, EMP students, and University of Chicago affiliates. For more details about the policy immersion trip click on the topics below:

One of the main highlights during my time at Harris was the Policy Immersion Trip to Israel…the "policy immersion" concept [offered me] the opportunity to learn about the history to the current political scenario in a country by hearing from experts and NGO leaders. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I encourage alumni to make an effort to participate in the Policy Immersion trips sponsored by Harris.

Monica Torres, MPP’18


*Please note that the activities as listed are subject to change as schedules and availabilities of speakers may change. Participants will be notified of changes with a note of the replacement speaker or activity.

Policy Immersion Trip to Mexico City, Friday, July 26

Friday, July 26

Welcome to CDMX!

After checking into your hotel room and getting settled in, join your host committee of alumni in Mexico City for a welcome reception and meet your fellow Policy Immersion trip members. After our reception and orientation, we'll go on an evening walking tour of the neighborhood, Centro Historico. At the end of the tour we'll enjoy a delicious kick-off dinner organized by our host committee of Harris alumni.

Included: Reception; Dinner including wine/beer

Policy Immersion Trip to Mexico City, Saturday, July 27

Saturday, July 27

On our first full day together we'll kick things off with the Chicago Fellowship in Mexico's annual brunch and lecture, sponsored in partnership with Harris's Alumni Relations & Development team. At this brunch you will hear from Assistant Professor, Luis Martinez and you will have the opportunity to connect with Harris alumni, incoming students, and members of the broader University of Chicago alumni community.

Following brunch, we'll connect with Manuel Aragones, MPP'16, founder and president of deep_dive, a data-science driven technology company providing strategic solutions to a wide variety of clients in different industries. Manu and his team will lead us through a lab experience based on a real-life case that his team worked on focused on government transparency around public safety. Bring your laptops and your memo writing skills! 

After the lab we'll give you some free time to rest up so you can store up energy for a night out with Mexico City's luchadores. We'll enjoy tacos, beers and a great dramatic show filled with acrobatics and wild antics at a Lucha libre auditorium and show.

Included: Buffet brunch; Ticket package including food and drinks for Lucha Libre show; One-way transportation to Lucha Libre venue


Policy Immersion Trip to Mexico City, Sunday, July 28

Sunday, July 28

Today we'll leave bright and early to explore the State of Tlaxcala, situated just east of Mexico City. Once in the capital of Tlaxcala, we'll be greeted by Marco Mena, MPP'94 who will share insights about his journey, now halfway through his six-year term, and how he's addressed some of his top policy challenges in his home state.

Following breakfast and conversation, we'll head to The Shrine of our Lady of Remedies, a 16th-century Mexican Catholic parish church built on top of the Tlachihualtepetl pyramid in Cholula, located in Puebla. We'll be guided on a tour of the archeological site followed by lunch in the city of Puebla, considered by many as the cultural center of Mexico. 

While in Puebla, we'll connect with Julio Franco Corzo, MPP'01 who will share insights on his role training policy leaders in smaller states outside of Mexico City. 

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner and round-trip transportation to Tlaxcala, and guided tours of Cholula and Puebla

Policy Immersion Trip to Mexico City, Monday, July 29

Monday, July 29

Today we'll experience a full day together meeting with business, government and non-profit leaders sharing insights with you on the pressing policy issues facing Mexico City and the country.

In the evening, we'll close out our day with Harris alumni panel where you'll hear about how their experience at Harris has informed how they help to solve the greatest problems facing their city.

Included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner; All Transportation 

Policy Immersion Trip to Mexico City, Tuesday, July 30

Tuesday, July 30


On our final morning together we'll close out our experience with a final brunch and closing conversation about your time in Mexico City. We'll discuss the surprising things you learned and if you gained any insights on the policy issues facing Mexico that are and are not so different from the issues we face in Chicago and the US.

For those who want to extend their trip, we'll offer a guided tour of the world famous Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

Included: Brunch buffet

Optional: Guided tour, Museo Nacional de Antropologia