Congratulations to History graduate student, Mo Speller, on winning a Krieger Diversity Recognition Award granted by the university’s Diversity Leadership Council!
Mo won an Individual Award for his tireless work to create a more diverse, equitable university through service, teaching, and research. Mo spearheaded the creation of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Graduate Student Group and, under his leadership, it established an institutional presence at Hopkins, creating spaces for LGBTQ grads to network and socialize. Through a Diversity Innovation Grant, Mo conducted a labor-intensive inventory of campus bathrooms, leading to the establishment of the Homewood campus’ first all-gender restrooms. Mo also served as a teaching assistant for African-American history. Navigating discussions surrounding race and gender, he has remained cognizant of the different life experiences of our students. Through his deep commitment to pedagogy informed by social justice, Mo’s research on the history of housing discrimination has sharpened his focus and research methods, always with the unwavering goal of using history to create a better future.