Mellon Forum Coordinator

Sandra Okonofua,  Mellon Forum Coordinator 

Sandra Okonofua is a Ph.D. student in Yale Sociology as well as Hopper’s Mellon Forum Coordinator and Head Grad Affiliate. Her research interests sit at the intersection of social stratification, policy, law, race, class, gender and education. Sandra is exploring how local government laws and policies contribute to disparities in educational access and outcomes. She is also interested in examining drivers of the underrepresentation of Black girls and women in STEM. Before coming to Yale, Sandra worked as a school counseling intern in Massachusetts, a high school science teacher in Philadelphia, and a ghostwriter for industry leaders. She holds a Dartmouth B.A. and an M.S. from Harvard University. She enjoys reading fiction, listening to audiobooks, and going on culinary adventures.