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Before her affiliation with Rutgers University, Penelope Lattimer worked in the New Brunswick Public School system and as a community servant. Penelope Lattimer was the assistant superintendent of schools in New Brunswick for twenty five years. Her high standing in the public school system gave her the ability to affect the community. She started the Gifted and Talented program in New Brunswick elementary schools. These programs allowed the youth of New Brunswick to show off their skills in the arts, specifically in areas like music and visual art. Lattimer also discussed how the city's collection of art and street murals provided an identity for the New Brunswick community because they display the real "Hub City." Murals, such as the one below, located in Kilmer Square, are seen as more than just grafitti. These painting helped to identify the city's culture in the framework of public artwork.
CLICK HERE: In order to view the Facebook page for one of the organizations that helped to create these murals in New Brunswick.
Lattimer played a big role in aiding the growing racial diversity within the community, and in her interview she addressed the effects of “white flight”--the departure of white residents--within the community. Even with the evacuation of the white population Lattimer was still able to positively effect the New Brunswick community with her work as a member of the Board of Education and later on being affiliated with Rutgers.
This Daily Targum artcicle, the Rutgers University newsletter, does a great job of puting Lattimer's success as an educator into perspective.