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About the Course

Our course is project driven and offers many unique opportunities for students to learn from first hand experiences. Students will come out of this course with a clear understanding on how to create legislative change and mobilize their community to join their movements.

Course Description

Students will be challenged to turn their passion into action. Drawing on his forty year history in the New Jersey Legislature, Instructor Senator Lesniak will teach the dos and don't of public advocacy. Students will choose a cause and practice various techniques to advocate for their cause of choice.

Course Information

Course Title: HIST4883

Lecture Monday 4:30 - 07:15 p.m.
Professor: Senator Raymond Lesniak

Course Highlights

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  •  Trip to the State House

  •  Hands-On Learning

  •  Mock Meeting with Legislators

  •  Writing Op-Eds

  •  Creating a Community Wide Event

  •  Opportunities to Publish

  •  Working Alongside a Former NJ Legislator

  •  Guest Speakers & Presentations

Previous Speakers Include:

- Seth Levin, Chief of Staff, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano

- Lenny Ward, Director of the Divisions of Parole & Community Programs at NJ State Parole

- Christina Scaringe, ADI General Counsel

- Olga Hugelmeyer, Elizabeth Superintendent of Schools

- Scott Brodsky, Senior Fiscal Analyst at New Jersey Office of Legislative Services

Student Publications

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Students Visit State House

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Other Course Information

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What Do You Want To Learn?
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The Lesniak Institute for American Leadership is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and qualifies for maximum charitable contribution permitted by law. Our Federal Identification Number is 83-3629808.