Director

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Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Afia Ofori-Mensa (she/her/hers) is the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. Her research and teaching center on identity, inequality, and belonging, with a focus on the narratives and cultures of communities of color in the 20th- and 21st-century United States of America.

Ofori-Mensa has a passion for working with people to help them organize their thoughts, manage their time, improve their communication, and articulate their life’s purpose. She is available to consult with students on designing research projects, working with mentors, generating abstracts, writing research papers, giving presentations, identifying future aims, and producing application materials for research opportunities and graduate school. 

She consults with faculty and instructional staff on best practices for mentoring research students and producing effective course-based research experiences for undergraduates.

She also enjoys and is available for in-class guest facilitations to teach about how to generate effective research questions, develop compelling research proposals, manage long-term research projects, and create engaging research presentations.

Administrative Assistant

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Photo credit: Bryan Rubin ’19

Diana Tebo (she/her/hers) has a knack for organizing information, enjoys a love affair with the research process, and has a passion for helping people, especially college students. She uses those qualities to help disseminate needed resources to underserved populations.

Tebo is available to help current Mellon Mays Undergraduate fellows and Oberlin College Research fellows access research and travel funds. She also can help STRONG Scholars to access their book award, and help faculty mentors in those programs to access and use their research stipends.

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Student Assistant

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Photo credit: Courtesy of Cecelia Longo

Cecelia Longo (they/them) is currently enrolled at Oberlin and pursuing a bachelor‘s in history and politics. Cecelia splits their time between class and Oberlin College Track and Field.

As a recipient of the Oberlin College Research Fellowship (OCRF), their research focuses on sex work in the long 20th century of Seattle, Washington.

Cecelia is available for individual consultations with students to help them identify on- and off-campus research opportunities best-suited to advance students’ current needs and future aims. They also support the office’s efforts to identify funding and research opportunities for students.