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Alumni and Faculty Profiles
Bringing about a World that Ought to Be
At Friends Seminary, our mission is to "prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be." Each month, Friends will profile an alum or faculty member (current and former) who lets their life speak. Together these profiles tell the story of Friends Seminary's mission in action through the individuals who have spent time here.
“I realize that for people who have committed crimes, the law determines the consequences. What I do in my work is to create an environment where those who desire to change have the opportunity.” Dubbed Captain Sunshine by her friends, Susan Whitney Poole ’66 has spent her career working within the prison system. Since her official retirement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) 20 years ago, Susan has acted as a Criminal Justice Consultant, primarily with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). NIC is a federal agency established to provide assistance to strengthen state and local correctional agencies by creating more effective, humane, safe and just correctional services. Her work entails technical assistance and providing training across the country on Executive Leadership Development for Women in Corrections and Gender Informed Practices in the Management of Women Offenders. “When people ask if I believe in rehabilitation, I say no. Rehabilitation is returning something to a former state. What we provide is an opportunity for habilitation, opportunities for offenders to be whole and safe, perhaps for the first time in their lives."
Lindsay '10 is an LGBTQ+ activist and digital creator, a true pioneer in queer and children’s media. They are best known as the creator and host of Queer Kid Stuff, an LGBTQ+ and social justice webseries for kids. Lindsay is a multi-faceted creator who is currently working on a number of writing projects, including two picture books with non-binary protagonists, as well as live performances at museums, schools and libraries across the country. In June 2019 Lindsay gave a TED talk called “Why kids need to learn about gender and sexuality” which has already earned 1.5 million views.