National Leaders in Career Training for Underrepresented Minorities 

Drs. Thomas and Quinn are recognized as national leaders in development of innovative research career training programs culturally tailored for minority scholars including:

  • The Summer Research Career Development Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (2005-2006)
  • The Annual Health Equity Leadership Institute (HELI) (2010- present) conducted in partnership with the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, School of Medicine and Public Health and the Maryland Center for Health Equity faculty
  • Additionally, Drs. Thomas and Quinn have led programs at UMD both to train senior faculty to be more effective mentors, and to help increase the success of minority junior faculty through efforts including:
  • Master Mentor Training: A program for senior faculty (associate and full professors) experienced in community engaged research and interested in mentoring junior faculty and post-doctoral fellows. 
  • Advancing Faculty Diversity (AFD): A year-long research career development and leadership training program for UMD tenure-track faculty of color, led by Drs. Thomas and Espry-Wilson, and sponsored by UMD ADVANCE (a program funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers), the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Office for Faculty Affairs.