- MA, history, Northwestern University
- BA, anthropology, Ithaca College
Before coming to Oberlin, Zahida Sherman worked as an assistant director of black student success at University of the Pacific. She also was associate development coordinator of diversity and inclusion at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles, and served as assistant director of diversity, equity and inclusion and assistant director of admissions/director of multicultural admissions at Kenyon College.
Part of her role as director of the Multicultural Resource Center, she says, is to ”create opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to understand identity, power, privilege, and equity, inside and outside of the classroom. In other words, my role is to help Obies understand their own identities so they can better promote social justice and belonging for everyone.’’
Sherman holds a master’s in history from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in anthropology from Ithaca College.