Afia Ofori-Mensa

Position
Director, Aspiring Scholars and Professionals (ASAP) Program
Bio/Description

Afia Ofori-Mensa provides strategic leadership of the Emma Bloomberg Center’s efforts to examine new ways to make postgraduate pathways in academia and higher education more equitable. In that capacity, Afia designs and directs postgraduate resource and readiness programs for undergraduates and new alumni at Princeton and beyond. She is the Administrative Coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) at Princeton, a PhD pipeline initiative of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that aims to diversify the professoriate in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. She is also the founding director of Princeton’s Aspiring Scholars and Professionals (ASAP) program, an undergraduate research and professional internship program that pairs non-Princeton students with faculty and staff mentors both at Princeton and at the students’ home institutions. The ASAP program seeks to introduce undergraduates to scholarly careers, and careers in higher education more broadly, as well as to foster cross-institutional connections among faculty and staff by engaging them in collaborative student mentorship.