From UDaily: UD gets grant to expand civil discourse program at Biden School


The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to the University of Delaware’s Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration.

It follows an earlier grant for a pilot program funded by the foundation on civil discourse and engagement though the Biden School SNF Ithaca Initiative.

The new grant will allow UD’s Biden School to expand program offerings for students in fall 2023, building on the SNF Ithaca Initiative’s work. New programming at the Biden School will be designed to cultivate an informed understanding of democratic principles and instill in students an appreciation of the roles that civil discourse and civic engagement play in functioning democratic systems.

“Education is the foundation of democracy, advancing ideas and fueling progress through constructive dialogue and debate,” said UD President Dennis Assanis. “Thanks to the generous support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the University of Delaware is able to more effectively carry out its mission. The Biden School is equipped to be a driving force for innovative and equitable solutions to the world’s great challenges, relying on civic virtues and democratic values as the cornerstones of positive change.”


  • – Funding for a new SNF Ithaca Professor of Public Policy in the Biden School
  • – A multidisciplinary cohort of SNF Ithaca Affiliated Faculty
  • – Development of an SNF Ithaca Certificate in Democratic Citizenship
  • – A new pillar of the SNF Ithaca Initiative focused on the role of media in democracy

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