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Who is Brittnei Sherrod?

August 16, 2021

Yvonne Gay

A portrait of a woman with long braids leaning against a wall.
Brittnei Sherrod ’11, director of the Bonner Scholars Program.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones '97

After serving as assistant director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment in the Oberlin College Office of Admissions, Brittnei Sherrod ’11 has joined the Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Research team. Find out how her experiences as an Oberlinian and alum helped cultivate her passion for civic engagement in this installment of Who Am I?

Full Name: Brittnei Sherrod 

Department and location: Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Research located at Daub House.

Job title: Director of the Bonner Scholars Program

What does your work entail? Providing support for the Oberlin Bonner Scholars program by engaging with students, community partners, and the Bonner Scholars foundation. 

How many years at Oberlin? Some consider me to be a true Oberlin native—I resided in Oberlin and took a class at Oberlin College while I was a student at Oberlin High School (OHS). After graduating from OHS, I enrolled at the college and I enjoyed experiences as a Bonner Scholar and Mellon May Fellow. I graduated in 2011 with a major in geology and minor in religion. I was the first Ninde Scholars Program AmeriCorps College Guide working with OHS. And for eight years I worked in the College Admissions Office. I greatly enjoy being apart of this community and have found great ways to give back to all the folks that have supported me throughout my journey

Favorite place in Oberlin and why? College Lanes. I was a bowling lanes attendant for two and a half years as an Oberlin student—although late night glow bowling and 7-year-old birthday parties come with their challenges. The smell, sounds, and smiles make it one of the best places on campus.

Memorable Oberlin moment? This is a very difficult question. Laying on the floor of the stage in Finney Chapel and feeling the vibrations from the organ during Organ Pump; celebrating in Tappan Square with the college and community after the announcement of Barack Obama’s first presidential election win; attending the Piano Extravaganza—every year I am here I gain another Oberlin memory.

Hobbies? I have a passion for photography. From family photos, office group shoots, to wedding photography. I am always snapping pictures.

Favorite song? My music taste is as varied as a movie soundtrack. Right now I have been listening to the Oberlin Class of 2025 Spotify playlist. It has a great mix of classics and songs by artists that are completely new to me.

Favorite food? Chocolate! In a cookie or scone, transformed into cake or Easter bunny, or in its pure solid state. I will never turn down chocolate.

Favorite quote?/What are you looking forward to in your new role? During the 2020 virtual NACAC Conference Michael Sorrell ’88, president of Paul Quinn College, was asked what students need from higher education staff to be successful. His response, “Advocates. Mentors answer your call. Advocates make calls for you." I look forward to advocating for Bonner scholars in my new position. 

Favorite childhood memory? The IX Center Indoor Amusement Park or quiet summers

Best advice someone ever gave you? Never tell yourself no, let others do that.

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