Hometown: Keansburg, New Jersey

Education: Dual B.A. in History and Peace Studies, Manhattan College

Known around the office as: The JV

Recognizable by: Her enthusiasm

Kathleen White joined the CFSY team in Summer 2014 as the outreach coordinator. In this role, Kathleen serves as the CFSY point person for communities and individuals directly impacted by the practice of sentencing youth to life without parole, with a focus on individuals serving the sentence, families, and youth.

Kathleen is as a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC),  a service program that places volunteers in organizations that serve marginalized communities. For a year, volunteers live in community with a focus on simple living, social justice, and spirituality.

During her time at Manhattan College, Kathleen made service and social justice a central part of her life both inside and outside the classroom. She served as president of the student organization JustPeace, which spreads awareness and takes action on social issues worldwide. Specifically, Kathleen focused on a variety of human rights issues, including the usage of child soldiers, as well as the social and political situation, in the Congo; the usage of child and adult labor in the growing and processing of cocoa beans; and the human rights crisis in North Korea. Most of her undergraduate research centered on social issues and education reform in South Africa. Additionally, Kathleen spent her spring breaks working in an orphanage for disabled children in Adelphi, Jamaica. Her involvement in direct service solidified her passions for social justice but her academic research taught her that advocacy and policy are necessary to change systemic issues.

Kathleen became interested in the U.S. criminal justice system after taking a Criminal Justice Ethics course on Rikers Island in 2012. She was one of 10 Manhattan College students who attended weekly classes at Rikers Island with nine inmates who were selected to participate in the class. It was during this time that Kathleen learned more about the injustices within the system and became motivated by her classmates’ stories. Her desire to learn more and take action on criminal justice issues led her to the CFSY.

In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys the beach, bike riding, reading, discovering new music, and going to concerts.