Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President and a lifelong educator, provided brief remarks at the 2009 Respect Awards gala dinner, which was held at Gotham Hall in New York City on June 1. GLSEN is excited to have welcomed someone with a long history of working with and advocating for young people, particularly some of the students most vulnerable to bullying and harassment.
Dr. Biden has been an educator for the past 28 years and continues to teach English classes at a DC-area community college. Prior to moving to Washington, Dr. Biden taught English full-time at Delaware Technical and Community College for 15 years. Before that, she taught for 13 years in public schools as a reading specialist and English teacher, as well as working part-time with the Rockford Psychiatric Hospital Adolescent Program.
Dr. Biden has a long history of activism and service in her community and she continues to work to raise awareness on education, military families, and women’s health issues.
GLSEN’s Respect Awards recognize individual and corporate leaders who have helped propel GLSEN’s efforts to ensure safe schools for all of America’s students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.