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Hope for the Future From Student Speaker


Seeing the challenges that fellow students faced before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly marginalized groups, M Pease (they/she) wanted to find ways to help at the University of Maryland.

The Gaithersburg native and nonbinary Asian American began to see how racism, transphobia, homophobia and other forms of bigotry were interconnected across identities and sought to improve students’ lives through research and advocacy.

From serving in the University Senate to working as a resident assistant, Pease did just that on the way to earning a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in psychology, minors in Asian American studies and public leadership, and a 4.0 GPA. Today, they will be the student speaker at the Commencement ceremony for the August 2021, Winter 2021 and Spring 2022 classes.

“Seeing what we as students can accomplish toward social justice and equity gives me hope not only for the university’s future but our future as a larger society,” she said.

Pease, a member of University Honors and the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE), took their interest in diversity, equity and inclusion into and outside the classroom. As a researcher in the Department of Psychology’s Gender, Culture and Health Laboratory and the School of Public Health’s […]

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