Cheryl has lived in West Hartford since 1990 with her husband, Dan Lloyd. Their two daughters are both graduates of West Hartford Public Schools: Whiting Lane, King Philip, and Hall. Cheryl has served on a number of boards in West Hartford including the West Hartford Initiative on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (WHIRED), the Noah Webster House, the Greater Hartford Jewish Historical Society and the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Relations Council.
Cheryl received her AB from Princeton University and her M.A., M. Phil. And Ph.D. from Columbia University. She is currently the Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History at Trinity College, where she teaches African American and 20thcentury American History, and has written and edited a number of books on issues pertaining to race. She and her family have also lived in both China and in Finland where she taught as a Fulbright scholar, and in Cambridge, Mass., where she was a Warren Center Fellow and later a Du Bois Center Fellow at Harvard University. Cheryl also teaches at Cheshire Correctional Institution.