Full Name
Sarida Scott
University of Detroit Mercy
Speaker Bio
Sarida Scott is an assistant professor and director of the Community Development department
in the School of Architecture + Community Development at the University of Detroit Mercy.
As a community development professional, Sarida's unique background in engineering and law
have influenced an approach that is collaborative, data-driven and centered on people
development. Sarida’s work is focused on amplifying resident voice. As a native Detroiter,
ensuring that Detroit has an equitable recovery and return to its once legendary vibrancy is a
professional and personal passion. Sarida has extensive nonprofit management experience
through her leadership roles at Community Development Advocates of Detroit (CDAD), serving
on multiple boards and management training through numerous fellowships. Her legal work in
and on behalf of the community includes roles of city attorney, child advocate, and nonprofit
legal director. Prior to joining the University of Detroit, School of Architecture + Community
Development faculty, Sarida served as a Senior Program Officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
She continues to live with her family in Detroit.
Sarida Scott