Two Virginia State University students recently joined Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, at a reception honoring the 16th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act.
Nichelle Broner and Jordan Watson were nominated for this honor after their implementation of The Red Flag Campaign, an innovative program at VSU that raises awareness about dating violence.
Broner was recognized for coordinating an Open Mic Night that focused on dating violence awareness through a partnership between VSU’s Mass Communications Club and University Counseling Center. Watson was recognized for a “Poetry Lounge” he conducted on the University’s radio station, where students called into the station and read their poems about dating and relationships.
The Violence Against Women Act was drafted in 1994 by then-U.S. Senator Joe Biden’s office with support from several women’s advocacy organizations and was described as “the greatest breakthrough in civil rights for women in nearly two decades.”