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How Can Civil Discourse Lead to Good Public Policy?

Monmouth University Presents
Leadership, Civility, and Common Ground in Politics and Public Service
A Conversation Series led by New Jersey Sen. Vin Gopal and former New Jersey Sen. Joe Kyrillos

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
11:40 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pollak Theatre

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Join New Jersey Senate President Nick Scutari (D-22) and New Jersey Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho (R-24) in a discussion with Monmouth University students about how leaders of opposing parties and ideologies can respectfully disagree on policy, but work together toward the public interest. The conversation will be moderated by Democratic Sen. Gopal and former Republican Sen. Kyrillos.

The Monmouth University Community is invited to attend this panel discussion in person at Pollak Theatre. To do so, please complete and submit the available form to register your seat.

If you would prefer to watch this event online, please complete and submit our Livestream event registration form to receive the video access link.

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Sponsored by the Office of the President and co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Sociology and the Institute for Global Understanding


MU President Parick F. Leahy

Patrick F. Leahy
Monmouth University President

Opening Remarks:

MU Provost Pamela Scott-Johnson

Opening Remarks
Pamela Scott-Johnson
Monmouth University Provost and SVP for Academic Affairs


Headshot of NJ State Senator Vin Gopal Sen. Vin Gopal
A Democrat representing New Jersey’s 11th legislative district, Gopal serves as chair of the Senate Education Committee and Majority Conference Leader.
Headshot photo of retired NJ state senator Joe Kyrillos Sen. Joe Kyrillos (Ret.)
A former Republican state senator who represented the 13th district, Kyrillos served as the Republican State Chair and is also a former Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate.


Headshot photo of NJ State Senator Steve Oroho Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho
A Republican representing New Jersey’s 24th legislative district, Oroho has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 2008.
Headshot photo of NJ Senate President Nick Scutari Senate President Nick Scutari
A Democrat representing the state’s 22nd State legislative district, Scutari was first elected to the New Jersey State Senate in 2003.