Zubida Bakheit Plans for International Career
Zubida Bakheit's first glimpse of the United States was when her family landed in California after emigrating from Sudan. She was eight years old and starting a new life in a new country.
Almost 10-years later, Bakheit made another major move when she enrolled at Johnson C. Smith University. She credits Don Provost, father of JCSU alumna Shani Provost ('06), with influencing her to attend JCSU. She is a UNCF scholarship recipient and a member of the JCSU band, where she serves as euphonium section leader.
Now a junior at JCSU, the business management and economics major is preparing for more relocations and new experiences. With the assistance provided through the Institute for International Public Policy, a selective program of the United Negro College Fund, Bakheit will pursue graduate study after completing her JCSU education before embarking on a career overseas-- preferably Amman, Jordan.
Bakheit chose Jordan, she said, because "it is the closest I can get to Sudan and still be challenged academically." She adds that she is especially interested in a career that would allow her to encourage economic development in Sudan.
In 2008, her younger sister, Nawal, enrolled at JCSU as a psychology major. Bakheit's family, which includes mother, Nahid Salih, father, Omar Mursa, and brothers Ahmed and Abdul-Raheem, live in Alameda, Calif.