Vice President Joe Biden speaking at Gaston Hall on December 5, 2016
Category: Campus & Community

Title:President-elect Joe Biden’s history with Georgetown

Former second lady of the United States Jill Biden, an ardent supporter of the NewsBash event over the last 10 years, spoke at this year's event about how her own family dealt with cancer.

February 8, 2019: Former Second Lady Jill Biden joined supporters, survivors, politicos, and friends to help raise awareness for breast cancer and raise funds for Georgetown’s Capital Breast Care Center (CBCC). Read story >

Joe Biden accepts Luminary Leader Award

December 9, 2018: Former Vice President Biden received a 2018 Luminary Leadership Award for improving the lives of patients with gastrointestinal cancer at the Second Annual Luminary Awards, hosted by the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and OncLive. In a message accepting the award, he highlighted Georgetown’s patient-centric approach. Watch the video above or read the story >

Olivia Hinerfeld via Twitter

January 25, 2018: The Biden Foundation selected Olivia Hinerfeld (SFS’17) to serve on the foundation’s advisory council for ending violence against women. Hinerfeld is an anti-sexual assault activist and educator, as well as a former intern for the Violence Against Women Team in the Office of the Vice President. Read story >

Joe Biden gives speech in Gaston

December 5, 2016: Vice President Biden spoke at Georgetown on the importance of sound financial sector regulation. During his speech, he recounted how former University President Leo O’Donovan, S.J., once asked him to reflect on how faith informed his public policy. “As I examined my conscience, I realized that the one thing that informed my public policy the most was my faith and all the great faiths’ abhorrence for the abuse of power,” Biden said. “It ended up being a significant moment for me, realizing all the things that have ever gained my emotional commitment and my intellectual effort all related to the abuse of power, from the time I got involved as a high school kid in the Civil Rights Movement, to the Women’s Movement, and abuse of women and children, et cetera, as well as the abuse of economic power. Watch the video above or read the story >

VIce President Biden speaks with faith leaders

December 16, 2015: Vice President Biden joined a gathering of faith leaders—representing Muslim, Catholic, Jewish, and additional communities—at Georgetown’s Interfaith Gathering for Solidarity, Understanding, and Peace. At the event, Biden shared his belief that faith is “a gift to be embraced.” Read story >

January 20, 2013: Vice President Biden invited Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J. (C’88), then Georgetown’s vice president for mission and ministry, to lead the prayer at his swearing-in ceremony before the oath of office. Read story >

June 23, 2012: Vice President Biden invited Georgetown student-athletes to the White House to launch a public service announcement about preventing dating violence. As a senator, Biden introduced the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, which reduced domestic violence against women by 60 to 70 percent between 1994 and 2010. Read story >