Former Emerging Leader Fellow Catie Buttner spoke to The Daily Targum about a recent mural installment at Rutgers University’s School of Social Work designed to center community and social justice.
On March 28, the Rutgers School of Social Work unveiled a collection of murals reflecting the school’s guiding principles, centered around the phrase: “Toward a More Just Future.” The school adopted this motto in 2020 to outline its values and intentions for the coming five years.
Cathryn Potter, the dean of the School of Social Work, said the school’s physical building on Albany Street offers ample window space that can be used creatively — including for murals.
“(The murals) really called out for a big statement about who we are as a profession and as a school,” she said.
Last summer, a group of 10 employees of the School of Social Work met to coordinate the murals’ creation, design and messaging.
Catie Buttner, an editorial and media specialist for the School of Social Work and one of the employees involved in the planning, said the group was committed to incorporating values of “community and social justice” into the final art piece.