About Us

Minorities in Public Policy Studies (MiPPS) is one of the oldest student organizations at Harris and a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) within the greater UChicago community. While MiPPS officially formed in 2004, our roots reach as far back to the 1990s, combining the interests and goals of AALAANA (African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Native Americans) and the Black Policy Forum to create a space for inclusive and progressive dialogue within the student community.

Minorities in Public Policy Studies serves as an academic, social, and cultural resource for students at Harris Public Policy. Our goals are to raise awareness concerning issues pertaining to minority students of Harris and the greater community, increase the number of minorities at the Harris, and promote civic participation within Harris, the University of Chicago, and the greater community.


MiPPS hosts a wide range of events, satisfying one (or more) of the following focus areas: Cultural, Academic, and Social. We also host the annual Alumni Awards Gala, held every spring quarter.

MiPPS 2017-2018 Executive Board

  • Programming: Tali Lee (Co-Director), Jasmin Dial (Co-Director), Melissa Navas, Chad Courtney

  • Finance: Maryiam Saifuddin (Director)

  • Marketing: Tiffany Kwak (Director), Zhentian (Alan) Shen

  • Recruitment and Advocacy: David McMillon (Director), Randi Hall

  • Recruitment and Advocacy Sub-Committee: Drazzel Feliu, Colin Sylvester

Meet some of the members of your 2017-2018 MiPPS Executive Board!

Tiffany Kwak is a second year MPP student at Harris and the Director of Marketing. Originally hailing from Lawrence, Kansas, she has called Chicago home for the past ten years. She is passionate about three things: urban policy, government innovation, and pineapple pizza. When she is not working on a problem set, you can find her at the movies.

Jasmin Dial is a second year MSCAPP student at Harris and the Director of Programming. She is from California, most recently living in Berkeley, CA. Her time in Chicago is spent learning to code, figuring out how to dress for cold, and searching for desserts.

Alan Shen is a first year MPP student at Harris and the Marketing Officer. Having grown up in China, Chicago is not his first mid-west town--Alan transferred from China to a high school in Springfield, Missouri in 2011 and continued his studies at Emory in Atlanta, where he enjoyed the southern culinary experience. Alan likes to eat. Alan eats a lot. Join Alan.

Maryiam Saifuddin is a first-year MPP student and Finance Officer for MiPPs at Harris. She is a former AmeriCorps VISTA, always a New Yorker, and a reluctant Texan. A personal vendetta against traffic drives her desire for equitable transit oriented development. Currently, Maryiam works as a Policy and Strategy Intern for COFI where she uses data to set priorities for both city- and state-wide community organizing expansion.

Randi Hall serves as MiPPS' Recruitment and Advocacy chair. Randi is pursuing a joint master degree program at the University of Chicago within both the Harris School and the School of Social Service Administration. Before moving to Chicago, Randi worked in Washington, D.C. on federal and state public assistance advocacy. She originally hails from the Sunshine State.

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