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About the Course

Senator Lesniak, NJ's most prolific sponsor of legislation advancing environmental protection, criminal and social justice, women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare examines the pros and cons of advocacy and offers hands-on advice and challenges to students to advocate for a cause of their choice.

Course Description

Study of major social movements and campaigns in historical perspective. Examination of the intersections of leadership and circumstances that shed light on their success or failure to achieve social justice. Offers opportunities for hands-on, immersive projects for social reform.

Course Information

Course Title: HIST4883-01

01/27/2020 - 05/11/2020 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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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.