Mellon Forum Coordinator

Sandra Okonofua,  Mellon Forum Coordinator 

Sandra Okonofua is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Yale University as well as Mellon Forum Coordinator and Head Grad Affiliate at Grace Hopper College. Her research interests sits at the intersection of social stratification, social policy, law, race, class, gender and education. Sandra intends to explore how local government laws and policies contribute to disparities in educational access and outcomes. Additionally, Sandra is interested in examining various drivers of the underrepresentation of Black women and girls in STEM across the K-16 pipeline.  

Before coming to Yale, Sandra worked as a school counseling intern in Massachusetts, a high school science teacher in Philadelpia and as a ghostwriter for industry leaders. She received her B.A. from Darthmouth College, M.S. from Harvard University. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction, listening to audiobooks and going on culinary adventures.