Dr. Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will travel to Paris to deliver a keynote address at the Opening Ceremony of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") 2009 World Conference on Higher Education on Sunday July 5th. Dr. Biden will serve as head of the U.S. delegation to the conference, and her remarks will highlight the Obama-Biden Administration’s commitment to higher education and the critical role of community colleges in the higher education system.
Dr. Biden taught English and reading in high schools for 13 years, and also taught emotionally disturbed adolescents at a psychiatric hospital. From 1993 to 2008 she was an English and writing instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College. As of 2009, she is an adjunct professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College, and she is thought to be the first Second Lady to hold a paying job while her husband is Vice President. She is the founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative non-profit organization, co-founded the Book Buddies program, and is active in Delaware Boots on the Ground.