Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to teach at Harvard University this fall


CHICAGO — Former Mayor Lori Lightfoot will travel to Boston in the fall to teach at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health, she announced Thursday.

“I’ve always loved teaching, and the opportunity to return to it is something that excites me,” Lightfoot said on Twitter. “I look forward to sharing the experiences and insights I’ve learned from governing at one of the most challenging times in American history.”

Lightfoot will be a senior leadership fellow with Richard L. and Ronay A. Menschel and will teach a course in the Department of Health, Policy and Management tentatively called “Health Policy and Leadership,” said Maya Brownstein, a spokeswoman for the Harvard TH Chan School. She will have regular office hours to meet with students, faculty and staff during her time on campus, Brownstein said.

In a statement, Michelle Williams, dean of the school of public health, said she was “delighted” to welcome Lightfoot. “As Mayor, she showed strong leadership in advocating for the health, equity and dignity of all Chicagoans, from her successful campaign to raise the minimum wage to her declaration of structural racism as a public health crisis and her innovative initiative to bring mental health”. health services to libraries and shelters,” Williams said.

Lightfoot led Chicago amid COVID-19 pandemic and protests

Lightfoot won the election in a landslide in 2019, becoming Chicago’s first black woman and the first openly gay person to serve as mayor. She oversaw the nation’s third-largest city amid the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide racial justice protests.

Opponents criticized Lightfoot for how he handled the pandemic and public safety issues. She lost her re-election bid after coming in third in a February vote, becoming the city’s first one-term female mayor in 40 years.

Progressive candidate Brandon Johnson, 47, a Cook County commissioner and union organizer, later defeated the more conservative Paul Vallas, 69, a former city budget director, in a runoff election. Johnson was sworn in as mayor last month.

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