Team Harris is a select group of Student Ambassadors who share their perspective and experiences at Harris Public Policy. They are available to talk to and meet with perspective students. They also host coffee chats when prospective students visit campus.
"As a policymaker, I think that it is extremely important to both understand the science behind these issues as well as be able to successfully evaluate policies to protect natural resources and ensure the livelihood of future generations."
Hannah spent this summer as a Public Policy intern at International Innovation Corps' Brazil Policy Lab.
"I want to study the impact of the development of the Private Sector in emerging economies, and learn what policy tools can be used to make that more efficient. It's interesting to me because my parents emigrated to the USA from Colombia during the 80's (a very dangerous and tumultuous time in Colombia's history), yet 30 years later, Colombia is now a popular tourist destination and most of the inherent danger in urban areas has subsided."
"I am pursuing the Municipal Finance certificate at Harris, which will provide me with valuable insights related to the financing options available to local governments and further my quantitative analysis skills."
Rachel Gordon was a Mayoral Fellow working in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office in the City of Chicago this past summer.
"I am interested in the confluence of computational analysis and economic policy. I think that our understanding of the economy and its drivers can be greatly improved through using computational techniques."
Carlos Grandet Caballero is also the President of the Graduate Council.
"When I was an applicant to the Harris School, a Team Harris student also reached out to me and really helped me a lot, which is one of the reasons that I chose to join Harris eventually. Now I am very satisfied at here, and would like to share my excitement with other potential Harrisians."
Politics and Policymaking
"My favorite class at Harris thus far has been Professor Worthington's State and Local Finance. While I've always known I wanted to work in the public sector, I never considered state or local government before this course."
Meg Maxwell's summer internship was as a data and policy intern at Truth in Accounting, a Chicago non-profit.
"I think that the core curses were very important for me. Coming from a totally qualitative background, having the opportunity to learn basic microeconomics and stats was very useful."
Mayra spent this summer interning for Oak Park Regional Housing Center in Chicago. "I worked on a project to collecting and analyzing data in Cook County. The data analysis helped us determine where there are neighborhoods and suburbs that could engage in integration strategies to improve inclusion, equity, and prosperity."
"As a former business consultant, I see programming as a tool to get insights for the problems I’m solving. Whether I’m working on a policy problem or a business solution, the CAPP classes have taught me valuable skills that allow me to harness data and propose actionable solutions."
Hector worked during the summer as a Data Science Intern at the City of Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology. He also worked on his own fintech startup, a one-stop shop for mortgage seekers in Mexico, after being a semifinalist in the Booth Social New Venture Challenge. He is pursuing the MSCAPP program.
"I'm very passionate about the link between environmental conservation and poverty alleviation. I'm personally looking forward to develop successful policies towards a more sustainable food system and better support for small and medium producers in the rural areas, while preserving our world's natural resources."
Health & Educational Policy
"I was not able to come to the admitted student day. Instead, I relied on current students and staff to help me create an admitted student day on the one day I was in the area. Harris was extremely helpful in connecting me with career advisers, academic advisers, giving me a tour of the building, and introducing me to current professors and students. I met with one current student who introduced me to everyone she knew in the Harris Cafe, Student Lounge, and anyone else we passed. This friendly atmosphere was instrumental in my decision to come to Harris. Seeing how easy it was for people in a competitive and stressful environment to make friends at Harris was reassuring and allowed me to envision myself at Harris."
Health & Enery Analytics
"Growing up in Pakistan, I saw first-hand the problems I faced when the light blacked out. Not being able to read books or use a computer (my passions) during a blackout provoked me to change the way energy sector is operated."
"I am interested in helping to grow the brand of public policy programs, particularly as a means of helping civic-minded, high-achieving individuals to formally identify an avenue to learn and become involved in a public policy-making career."
Guillermo Alarcon is an MPP student from Colombia who has considerable experience working in the public sectors of Mexico and Colombia. Guillermo is eager to share his experiences with prospective students.
Global Conflict Resolution
"I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Harris so far and I want to share my experience with prospective Harris students. I personally valued speaking with current students when I applied and want to be a part of that opportunity for others."
Mika Choi came from a non-policy, non-economics, and non-statistical background; yet, has found her way at Harris Public Policy where she is exploring Tourism policies. She believes that the policy experience and training she is receiving at Harris can make the tourism industry sustainable and beneficial for the cities, businesses, and people involved.
Anthony Davis is an MPP student who proves the falsity of the phrase 'where fun comes to die.' Anthony studies Urban Policy and excels at it, is part of the Experiential Learning Program, and plays on the Ultimate Frisbee Club Team.
"I want to be a part of [Team Harris, as they] are responsible for bringing in the greatest class to Harris. I want to sell the school and to give back for what was provided for me last year. "
Arvind Ilamaran is a member of the Education Policy Student Association and is fascinated in educational policy as it has "different structural issues in comparison to policy design in other areas..."
Child & Family Policy
"These [policy] interests were shaped by my work with refugees, homeless youth, and girls in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. I believe that when children experience trauma or are in vulnerable situations, there must be welfare and justice system in place that support them. Programs working with systems-involved youth need to be of the highest quality, and I wanted to learn the quantitative and analytical skills that would allow me to create, analyze, and implement high-quality supportive policies and programming for systems-involved youth."
Educational, Child, & Family Policy
"I want to take my future career to where I can contribute to help the disadvantaged group's well-being enhancement. So education, child and family, economic development are my policy interest areas."
Shilin worked this summer at Save the Children US as a program intern for the global youth employability program.
Leonor Ortiz Monasterio
"Team Harris was a great help for me when I was deciding to come to Harris. It was one of the reasons why I chose to come to Chicago. The communication with Team Harris made me feel like I mattered to the school and I would love to help new students have that same experience."
"For me it was very important to contact students already at Harris before accepting to come here. And since I arrived, I have had a great experience that I would like to share with potential students. One of the things that attracted me the most of the Harris School was its focus on quantitative tools to evaluate policy. But actually getting to know some of the students who were studying here gave me a tangible sense of what students are really like."
Economic & Energy Policy
"About three years ago I was a successful professional in New Delhi preparing for my public policy education. As I researched policy schools, Harris stood out to me partly because of the data driven culture, but mostly because of the humility exhibited by the current students whom I interacted with. I have come to recognize this attribute in Harris students as a characteristic that the Harris culture imbibes in its community."
"I am interested in these areas because I want to help lead the development of the Caribbean region into a globally powerful and relevant united Economic bloc, with long term strength and sustainability. As I develop toward this role, I also want to be involved with financing and executing international development projects in countries affected by poverty and strife."
" I am personally interested in these areas as well as broader reforms to the criminal justice system because I want to work to address systemic inequalities that have been created by poor policy in these areas. Urban community development is a necessary tangent to both of these policy areas because the communities that are most affected by bad policy in the crime policy and criminal justice spaces are frequently also those who have the least amount of access to economic opportunity."
"Before Harris, I attended the College at the University of Chicago. There, I majored in Public Policy studies. My most exciting moments were when I crossed the Midway to attend my classes that were held in the Harris School. It was a thriving intellectual atmosphere where students were open to collaboration and asking hard questions that addressed the most pressing societal challenges. I knew that Harris would be the place where I could both continue my graduate studies and connect with passionate public policy scholars. From learning about research and internship experiences, networking connections, Policy Labs and coursework, I was thoroughly engaged from day one."
"This summer I had an internship at the Department of Commerce. I compiled and analyzed data for department programs and made recommendations for encouraging the growth of start-ups owned by women and minorities. I had a lot of help from the career department, especially Alma Ceballos, who gave me extra pointers on my resume and interview skills!"
"The combination of the class Crime Policy and working as a Research Assistant with the UChicago Urban Labs is the most valuable experience I have had at Harris so far. I worked at the Urban Labs part-time throughout my first year and through this experience I was able to work on a couple different projects related to criminal justice and poverty alleviation in Chicago. In the spring quarter, I took the class Crime Policy with Jens Ludwig who is one of the faculty directors at Urban Labs. This class really challenged me and forced me to think critically about how to evaluate policies and programs related to public safety and crime. I was able to directly apply what I was learning in class to my research assistant position at Urban Labs which was a tremendous experience."
"I am interested in Education Policy, especially the education for English language learners. In my opinion, the ELL population is a very unique group, each faces a different challenge, comes from a different family background and has a different academic goal. Therefore, in addition to their language barrier, many other things need to be considered it order to minimize the achievement gaps betweens ELLs and students who are native English speaker."