Titi Ufomata, provost and dean of the faculty, and Sarah Meyer, community outreach coordinator of the Finger Lakes Institute, recently participated in the “ONYA Voices of Experience 2012” event held in November at the Belhurst Castle. The event, sponsored by the Ontario/Yates Fund for Women (ONYA) brought together girls between the ages of 12 and 18 from Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties for an opportunity to learn from the stories of creative and determined women.
The annual event focuses on lifelong education for girls and the skills necessary to achieve self-sufficiency.
As the former associate provost and interim director of graduate studies at Kentucky State University, Ufomata has an array and depth of knowledge to share with students. The author of a number of articles and a book, Ufomata’s scholarship has focused on the intersection of language, immigration, identity and gender with a special emphasis on Africa. Born in Nigeria where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, Ufomata attended University College London where she earned a second master’s degree as well as a Ph.D. in phonetics.
Meyer joined the Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute in 2004 and previously worked with the U. S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service in Alaska and upstate New York, and in environmental education for the Great Lakes Research Consortium, in Syracuse, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, in Albany. Meyer received a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, and a master’s degree in environmental science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. In 2011, Meyer earned the Professional Women of the Finger Lakes’ nomination for the Women of Distinction Awards as someone who exemplifies leadership and dedication to the area.