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Department of State

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State

Cultural Heritage Commissions

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission
Commission on American Indian Affairs
New Jersey Israel Commission
Hellenic American Heritage Commission

Arab-American Heritage Commission

The commission is authorized to study, recognize and share information on Arab heritage, culture and history as it relates to Americans of Arab ancestry and their contributions to the State of New Jersey. The commission also provides expertise to the Department of Education in an effort to develop content and curriculum guides on the heritage, culture and history of Americans of Arab ancestry to both public and non-public schools in the effort to promote tolerance and respect for all citizens of the state. The commission will also assist the Department of State in the coordination of events that recognize and share Arab American culture and heritage with the observance of Arab heritage month in April of each year.

Asian American Study Foundation

This Foundation is established as a non-profit organization devoted to developing and coordinating state wide programs that recognize the continuing contributions of Asian Americans to the State of New Jersey. The Board of Trustees will be responsible for the establishment of guidelines and By-Laws setting forth the structure, offices, powers and duties of the foundation. Observance of various heritage, cultural and historic events will be coordinated by the Foundation in recognition of those Americans of Asian ancestry. The Foundation members will have representative from several state agencies that will foster collaboration to enrich education and promote tourism and economic development between the State of New Jersey and the countries of Asia.

Ethnic Advisory Council

The Ethnic Advisory Council is comprised of members appointed by the Governor to make recommendations regarding issues on ethnic studies and programs offered in public schools, colleges and the State University. The Council is also responsible for increasing the participation of ethnic organizations in governmental affairs; providing community and social services; promoting ethnic and cultural events; providing expertise on polices that may impact ethnic communities and increase public awareness of the rich ethnic history and culture of the state.



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