Cav. Gilda Rorro Baldassari,
2013 Annual Columbus Day Commemoration
MISSIONTo build and strengthen the cultural identity of Italians and Italian Americans through public educational programs that preserve and promote an accurate, bias free and non stereotyped understanding and awareness of historical and current contributions and accomplishments of people of Italian heritage.
DICHIARAZIONE D'INTENTIMantenere e rafforzare l’identità culturale italiana e italoamericana attraverso programmi di istruzione pubblica che assicurino e promuovano la comprensione e la consapevolezza dei contributi e dei successi, presenti e passati, della comunità di discendenza italiana.
The NEW JERSEY ITALIAN AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION raises public awareness of the rich and varied culture, positive achievements and traditions of Italy, the Italian people, and Italian Americans as these have contributed to American, western and world civilization.
The Commission carries out its responsibilities through public and privately sponsored resources and programs. These activities are designed to enhance and develop better understanding and appreciation for youth and adult Italian Americans and the public at large regarding the global and new world experiences of Italians and Italian Americans. These informed persons constitute an ever-increasing number of ambassadors to spread the message of understanding, respect and appreciation of Italian heritage and culture to the general public in New Jersey.
The more than two million descendents of Italian immigrants in New Jersey form a vast untapped reservoir for the development of leadership talent. Sharing a common purpose, they will be the essential driving force to develop and sustain the work and goals of the Commission.
Knowledge of the unique past and present global contributions and accomplishments of the inhabitants of the Italian peninsula both before and after its unification in 1861, form a necessary foundation for a complete understanding of the contributions and accomplishments of Italian Americans to the new world and to New Jersey.
The Commission engages in the development, support and production of educational programs, forums, seminars, publications and exchanges for schools and the private and public sector audiences throughout the state. The Commission brings long overdue recognition to Italian accomplishments that have improved the quality of life for all, be it the sciences, jurisprudence, the fine and performing arts, technology, medicine, literature, philosophy, trade and commerce.
This largest immigrant group to New Jersey at the turn of the nineteenth century represents in deed and symbolizes as a model for others, how America, as the world's oldest flourishing democracy, was built on the love, sweat and tears of its immigrant ethnic peoples.
The work to be done to eliminate bigotry and loss of cultural identity can only be achieved through non-partisan efforts.
The future attitudes and beliefs of the people of New Jersey are most influenced through the education of its youth today.
Our great nation and state were built by numerous emigrant groups. Thus, respect for all ethnic groups is a cornerstone of our values.
New Jersey Commission on Italian and Americans of Italian Heritage
Cultural and Educational Programs, P.L. 2001 Chapter 343 C.18A 4-42
The New Jersey Commission on Italian and Americans of Italian Heritage Cultural and Educational Programs is a body operating under its own by laws, policies and positions consistent with the requirements set forth in -PL 2001, Chapter 343 C.18A4-42 of the New Jersey legislature. It serves the Department of Education and the public at large to provide curricular resource guides, information and other resources to assist in meeting the requirements of the law for the study of the culture, history, contributions and heritage of Italians and Americans of Italian heritage