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The New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission (NJIHC) strengthens 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.

NJIHC is a nonprofit organization created by legislative mandate in 2002. It was founded as the "New Jersey Commission on Italian and Americans of Italian Heritage Cultural and Educational Programs", P.L. 2001 Chapter 343 Title 18a 4-42. Working in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Education, the Commission develops, supports, and promotes Italian cultural programs throughout the state. One such collaboration is the Italian Heritage Curriculum, a collection of free lesson plans that K-12 teachers across all disciplines can incorporate into their classroom.

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