Rider will host an event with MP Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Reynolds-Jackson represents the 15th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly
Rider University will host the Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Assembly as the keynote speaker for Rider Unity Day on October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Cavalla Hall at the Bart Luedeke Center.
“An Evening with the Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Assembly,” co-sponsored by Rider University’s Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics and Rider’s Multicultural Studies Program, will feature a conversation between Reynolds-Jackson and Micah Rasmussen, the director of the Rebovich Institute, and Dr. Victor Thompson, Associate Professor and Chair of Rider’s Department of Sociology and Criminology, followed by a question-and-answer session with attendees.
Reynolds-Jackson, a Democrat, has represented the 15th legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2018. The 15th district includes Trenton, Lawrence, West Windsor, Hopewell, and Ewing, among other townships and boroughs. She served as Deputy Majority Leader from 2020-2021 and is currently Outreach Chair.
She recently sponsored legislation alongside State Senator Shirley Turner intended to ensure New Jersey elections remain fair and safe by expanding the franchise, banning deceptive practices and electronic interference. an offense. In 2020, she was one of the six main sponsors of a bill that requires school districts to include instructions on diversity and inclusion as part of the implementation of the student learning standards of the New Jersey. Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill into law in March 2021.
“The Reynolds-Jackson Assemblywoman has played a pivotal role in legislation that is not only important to New Jersey, but is also part of our larger national conversation,” Rasmusen says. “We look forward to hearing more about her perspective on why she thinks these are important issues for her constituents.”
Unity Day aims to unite students, faculty, staff and the greater Rider community through events that celebrate the diverse elements of the University. It also raises awareness and provides education about past social justice issues and how they were overcome. A full schedule of events is available at rider.edu/unityday.
Reynolds-Jackson received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the College of New Jersey and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. She is also a Certified Municipal Financial Officer, a designation she received from Rutgers. Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, she served on the Trenton City Council from 2010 to 2018.
The Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics is dedicated to public service and the scholarly analysis of government, public policy, campaigns, and elections in New Jersey. It was founded in 2001 by the late Professor David Rebovich (1949–2007). Today, the Rebovich Institute is a vibrant and creative home where students can network, study, and gain hands-on experience in New Jersey politics.
“An Evening with the Verlina Reynolds-Jackson Assembly” is free and open to the public.