Obama Foundation Scholars Program at the Harris School of Public Policy, Katherine Baicker

Obama Foundation Scholars Program at the Harris School of Public Policy, Katherine Baicker

October 11, 2019 4 By Ronny Jaskolski


SPEAKER 1: My 10 years as
a practitioner, working in India and the US, taught
me the importance of being on the ground, working
with local communities, understanding local context, and
different factors and processes that can influence decisions. SPEAKER 2: Students
who come to the program will have access to
world-class faculty, working on conflict resolution,
international development, economic prosperity
around the globe. But they’ll also have access to
the Obama Foundation networks of leaders around the world. And when you put
those two together, it’s an amazing opportunity
to really make a difference. SPEAKER 3: We at the
University of Chicago and the Harris School
with the Obama Foundation puts the pieces together. And it does it in the
context of a community that provides rich
opportunities, so that you can take the learning that
you develop in the classroom and put it into
practice right away. [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 4: I think
the Master’s Degree in international
development of policy is a really unique
opportunity for the students. They can take advantage
of the core skills that the Harris School is able
to communicate to students. We have this
incredible knowledge at the University
of every corner of the world in the faculty. We have this amazingly
diverse student body. We’re in the one of the
world’s great cities. There are just so
many opportunities to learn and gain from
the community here, and to contribute to
the community, as well. SPEAKER 5: A lot of
the past 15 years has been working in places
after conflict is over and helping to reconstruct,
helping to reduce poverty, helping to reintegrate people. Most of my research works with
armed groups and the young men in armed groups, whether
that’s Chicago, or Colombia, or Liberia, or Uganda,
trying to figure out how to reduce violence. [MUSIC PLAYING] SPEAKER 6: This scholarship
covers full tuition plus a living stipend. So students will walk out
of here without any debt. And they also will
have the ability to not have to work
while they’re in school, so they can be fully
immersed in connecting with their classmates and
studying the areas that speak to them and that
they want to drive meaningful change toward. SPEAKER 1: Obama
Foundation Scholars, because they come from such a
diverse range of backgrounds, and perspectives, and
this wealth of knowledge, gives me a tremendous
hope for the future of policy in our world. [MUSIC PLAYING]