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Herkimer College Professor to be Honored as one of YWCA Mohawk Valley’s Outstanding Women

Herkimer College Professor to be Honored as one of YWCA Mohawk Valley’s Outstanding Women

Feb. 12, 2024 (Herkimer, NY) — Herkimer College Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer Adjodha-Evans, Ph.D. will be honored in the category of Education at this year’s YWCA Mohawk Valley’s Salute to Outstanding Women celebration.

“As a leader, educator, and advocate, Dr. Adjodha-Evans has made a significant positive impact in the community and her workplace,” Herkimer College Provost Michael Oriolo remarked. “She has prepared hundreds of students for careers and advanced study in the STEM field through classroom and laboratory instruction, advisement, and extracurricular activities. She has helped identify and implement programs and support for individuals who lack the resources and support needed to pursue and achieve a higher education. Through her leadership on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Dr. Adjodha-Evans has helped enhance inclusivity within her workplace and equity in the community through various specialized programs and initiatives that bolster historically marginalized individuals.”

Adjodha-Evans joined Herkimer College in 2017 as an assistant professor of Biology. She instructs courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, environmental science, and ecology and advises students in the Health Professions and Science programs. Dr. Adjodha-Evans serves as president of the College Academic Senate and served as co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Adjodha-Evans played a critical role in securing a National Science Foundation grant for the Central New York Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Alliance. Through the Alliance, Herkimer College has partnered with Tompkins Cortland Community College, Ithaca College, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Utica University, and SUNY Cortland to create pathways for under-represented minority students to continue their education and succeed in the STEM field more easily.

Adjodha-Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of the Virgin Islands and a master’s degree in Biology and a doctorate in Philosophy of Biology from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The 2024 Salute to Outstanding Women celebration will be held on Thursday, March 21, at Harts Hill Inn, Whitesboro.



About Herkimer County Community College: Located in central New York State, just off the NYS Thruway exit 30, Herkimer College is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Herkimer offers a quality and affordable educational experience and is ranked among the top two-year colleges in the nation based on transfer and graduation rates. Herkimer College offers a variety of associate degree and certificate programs in art, business, communication arts, criminal justice and law, education, healthcare and service, liberal arts and sciences, and STEM, and is a leading provider of fully-online degree programs. The student body of approximately 2,500 students hails from throughout the nation and several foreign countries. With on-campus housing for more than 600 students, a nationally-ranked athletics program, and a variety of student activities, clubs and events, Herkimer College students enjoy the complete college experience. Herkimer College is a fundamental contributor to the economic development of Herkimer County and the South-Central Adirondack region. More information is available at

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