Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - UToledoNSM

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diversity, equity and inclusion

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Diversity is a core value on our campus. 

The University of Toledo — and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics — is committed to creating an environment where every student, staff member and faculty member feels included and respected.

We believe that academic excellence in sciences and mathematics is enhanced when faculty and students from diverse perspectives come together to work in an environment that is inclusive and equitable. We are committed to increasing, retaining, and supporting the success of faculty and students who have been historically underrepresented in academic sciences and mathematics.

Tolerance, inclusion, curiosity and openness are essential to advancing human understanding—and thus essential to the intellectual and academic mission of our college. We are a group of passionate people who want to make a difference. It all begins with the trust and faith in the power of each individual.

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Dr. Willie McKether speaking to UToledo employees

A wide range of fellowships are available for students of diverse backgrounds.

Career fair
Conferences & Events

Get the details on upcoming Diversity and Inclusion conferences & events.

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Grant Opportunities

Learn more about a variety of diversity-related grants.


Inclusion Officer

Dr. Silvia Goicoechea

Dr. Silvia Goicoechea

Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Committee Chair
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences


Diversity Committee Members

Dr. Emanuela Gionfriddo

Emanuela Gionfriddo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Dr. Rafael Garcia-Mata

Rafael Garcia-Mata, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences


Dr. Qin Shao

Qin Shao, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Dr. Rupali Chandar

Rupali Chandar, Ph.D. 

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy


Dr. Jeanie Refsnider

Jeanine Refsnider, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Services


Dr. Kennedy Doro

Kennedy Doro, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Services


George Okoko

George Okoko

Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Services

Silas Fischer

Silas Fischer

Graduate Student, Department of Environmental Sciences



Meet Chao Zhou

Class of 2021, mathematics with a concentration in statistics, Kun Ming, China

“When my friends at home ask my advice about studying in America, I tell them about The University of Toledo, about my professors and their great backgrounds and research. I’m a traveler and want to meet people from different countries and cultures. At UToledo, I have met people from all over – Japan, Korea, America, Europe. People are welcoming and friendly.”


Meet Navindi Weerasinghe

Class of 2018, biology with a concentration in neuroscience and minor in psychology, Colombo, Sri Lanka

“I work with a diverse population and with colleagues from around the world. I have no trouble connecting to anyone because of what I experienced at UToledo. We had students of all backgrounds. The seeds of diversity and inclusion were planted in me at UToledo. And it meant the world to me to be ‘adopted’ by an American family through a program at the Center for International Studies and Programs.”

Last Updated: 10/12/23