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The Biden Challenge at the University of Delaware: How to Revitalize the Middle Class

In October, former Vice President Joe Biden spoke in Washington, D.C., at the NASPAA Annual Conference. As the founding chair of the Biden Institute, housed within the School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) at the University of Delaware, Biden addressed the conference attendees and reflected on the many challenges that he has witnessed during his long, distinguished, and active career as a public servant. He encouraged the audience of over 300 educators and administrators to help our students get, and remain, engaged in public policy and public service because, as his and our life's work, it is a meaningful and impactful professional field.

"The aspirational character of America is at stake," Biden said. "What has always set us apart from every other nation is, no matter where we begin in life, we believe that there is a basic bargain: if you contribute to the welfare of the enterprise you're involved in, then you get to participate in the outcome. That is not the case anymore…. The social stability of our nation is at stake."

The Challenge
The sign outside of the Biden Institute in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware.

“We need to change the culture today, not tomorrow,” Biden said. “The middle class is at risk…. Revitalizing the middle class is the challenge: otherwise the social order will not hold.” Biden issued a clear challenge to NASPAA for the coming year asking, “What policy solutions do you propose to ensure America a growing and thriving middle class, that they continue to be relevant?” Revitalization of the middle class encompasses a wide range of policy areas, including:

  • the future of work
  • education and training
  • the role of innovation
  • budget priorities
  • modernizing our infrastructure

Biden Challenge Ideas Exchange

On September 28, 2018, we will invite scholars to the University of Delaware campus for an ideas exchange that will allow us to present our responses to Biden's challenge. There will be opportunities to discuss our ideas and discuss policy papers that address the issue of middle class revitalization.

Learn more about submitting a proposal for the Biden Challenge Conference. Proposal abstracts are due May 15, 2018.

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The problems facing the middle class of Americans are complex and will require creative policy solutions if we are to address them. Joe Biden has every confidence that, together, we can come up with effective policy solutions. 

With half a year until the Biden Challenge Ideas Exchange, the time is now to start recruiting your colleagues to submit abstracts for the ideas exchange. With the help and support of the team at the Biden Institute, we hope that ideas presented at the event and in conference proceedings will contribute to the national debate.

Good luck in your work, and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Proposals for the Biden Challenge Conference Idea Exchange are being accepted through May 15 - learn more about the conference and the proposal process.

​Proposals for the Biden Challenge Conference Idea Exchange are being accepted through May 15 - learn more about the conference and the proposal process.

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  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1687
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