STEMM initiative established in honor of UT faculty member

March 12, 2018 | News, Research, UToday, Advancement, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
By Staff

The new Tony Quinn We Are STEMM Initiative recognizes the immunologist in the Department of Biological Sciences for his work in deciphering the interplay between diabetes and immunity, as well as his dedication to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students.

Dr. Anthony Quinn, associate professor of biological sciences and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, created in 2015 a We Are STEMM initiative designed to bring high-profile underrepresented minority scientists to UT in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine as role models for University students of color, inspiring them to engage in STEMM fields of study.


In recognition of his contributions during his 16 years of educational leadership, UT has created the Tony Quinn We Are STEMM Initiative that will build upon the existing We Are STEMM lecture series to also include fellowships for graduate and professional education and mentoring programs.

“Tony’s dedication and contributions of energy and intellect to the full participation of individuals from marginalized groups in the scientific enterprise has benefited The University of Toledo and our community greatly,” said Dr. Amanda Bryant-Friedrich, dean of the College of Graduate Studies. “His work has impacted our students at all levels through the creation of a diverse and inclusive campus. This work must continue.”

While battling pancreatic cancer, Quinn co-developed UT’s strategic plan, co-directed the Multicultural Emerging Scholars Summer Bridge and Living Learning Community Program, and led the Brothers on the Rise mentoring program.

“We recently visited Dr. Quinn and his family where we shared with them this recognition. They are pleased to have this honor in recognition of Tony’s contribution to the University,” said Dr. Willie McKether, vice president for diversity and inclusion.

The Tony Quinn We Are STEMM Fellowship Fund has been created to support the initiative to ensure ongoing support of underrepresented graduate students in STEMM disciplines — scholars so important to Quinn.

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