THE BIDEN INSTITUTE
Distinguished UD alumnus and 47th United States Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., AS65, recently joined the University of Delaware in a strategic partnership to offer our students, faculty and staff new opportunities around public policy and civic engagement. Biden, a man who grew from humble origins, has consistently championed hard work, potential, relentless spirit and compassion for all people.
Delaware First: The Campaign for the University of Delaware embraces that spirit through the Biden Institute, making even greater opportunities for our students and faculty, with benefits reaching far beyond our campus. Watch this video to learn more.
The University looks to our dedicated alumni, friends, parents, faculty and staff to philanthropically contribute $20 million to the project, making the vision a reality.
This bold initiative includes four funding priorities in order to both create solutions to challenging global problems through public policy and civic engagement as well as to enhance the campus experience.
- exploring U.S. domestic policy issues by growing the Biden Institute programs and outreach
- strengthening UD social sciences by investing in graduate students and faculty
- empowering this intellectual capital investment with special programs to broaden outreach and frequency
- providing a core centralized home for the Biden Institute and social sciences at UD
SHAPING DOMESTIC POLICY
The launch of the Biden Institute pairs the former vice president’s long-time work in domestic policy issues with UD’s strengths in public policy education and research. The Institute has already begun to unite and engage students, alumni, community members, academics, politicians, activists and policymakers by stimulating a bipartisan discussion of issues of national relevance.
Through philanthropy, we can expand student internships, practicum opportunities and global experiential learning, and deliver key lectures, conferences and speaker series featuring world leaders and experts in civic engagement and public service, providing our students with the tools and resources to lead us into tomorrow.
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION EXPANSION
Great schools are driven by great faculty. With the generosity of donors, the University’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) will expand its intellectual capacity by strategically hiring up to 16 new faculty members and funding up to 25 new graduate assistantships. The additions will continue to build on the school’s strong foundation and help it to become a school worthy of the Biden name carrying on his legacy of public service.
With donor support, the SPPA will be globally recognized in public affairs and outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs as we carry out public and community service to improve the quality of life in Delaware, across the nation and around the world.
ONE MISSION. ONE HOME.
The University’s social sciences, of which SPPA and the Biden Institute are part, have enormous potential for interdisciplinary partnerships, programs, scholarship and collaborative teaching. Other social sciences units at UD include political science, international relations, sociology, criminal justice, communication, anthropology, education, economics, psychology and women and gender studies.
Currently, the various departments are spread throughout eight buildings, greatly limiting collaboration and duplicating support functions. The University envisions a new building to house our intellectual capital, including our best scholars and graduate students, along with the Biden Institute. Potential additions also include a new graduate education space; centralized campus media interview space; and a multicultural center and amphitheater within the space. The shared space would enable us to grow interdisciplinary programs and support inclusive excellence.
Philanthropic support is crucial to helping make this vision a reality. Join us in this transformational endeavor.