Article by UDaily staff,
February 07, 2017. (View video by Paul Puglisi here.)
University of Delaware announced a new partnership with Joseph R. Biden
Jr., the 47th vice president of the United States, that will pair his
long-time work in domestic policy issues with the University’s strengths
in public policy education and research.
Biden will serve as the founding chair of UD’s Biden Institute, a new
research and policy center focused on developing public policy
solutions on issues ranging from economic reform and environmental
sustainability to civil rights, criminal justice, women’s rights and
more. The institute will also convene thought leaders on the most
important issues of the day.
“We’re very excited about this new relationship with Joe Biden, one
of our most distinguished and loyal alumni,” said University President
Dennis Assanis. “His vast experience as a public servant for more than
40 years will bring an important focus to many domestic policy matters
to enhance the broader portfolio of programs within our school of public
policy. His insight and experience will lend invaluable enhancement to
programming, education and research initiatives as the University of
Delaware helps shape the future leaders of our society.”
“Every day of my career in public service has been motivated by the
desire to ensure that every American is treated with dignity and gets a
fair shot,” said Biden. “I am happy to continue that work at my alma
mater, a place that is stamped on my heart. I look forward to working
with a top-notch policy staff at the Biden Institute to continue the
hard work of developing public policy to benefit American families.”
The Biden Institute, which will be part of the University’s School of
Public Policy and Administration, will initially be located at 44 Kent
Way on the University campus in Newark, Delaware.
Assanis said the creation of the Biden Institute will be complemented
by the addition of new faculty, increased enrollment in the school, and
an initiative to expand the school’s offerings in the areas of smart
cities, environment and energy, social justice, and disaster management.
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