Esther Maria Claros Berlioz and Jaymee Lewis-Flenaugh receive Distinguished Women of Color Award

esther-claros-berliozEsther Maria Claros Berlioz and Jaymee Lewis-Flenaugh  — both doctoral students in the department of educational leadership — are the recipients of the Jennie Elder Suel Distinguished Woman of Color Award for 2018.

The award recognizes spirited women of color, particularly those who have been warm and welcoming to others. The award is named after Jennie Elder Suel, who received recognition in 1994. Suel volunteered in the Miami and Oxford communities by providing housing, meals and entertainment for Miami students.

The women were honored March 8 during the Celebrating Global Sisterhood reception hosted by the women's center.

Claros Berlioz is a doctoral candidate in educational leadership - leadership, culture and curriculum program.


Esther Maria Claros-Berlioz (top) and Jaymee Lewis-Flenaugh

Originally from Honduras, she came to the United States for college to pursue her dream of studying abroad in the USA. Her research interests include immigration reform and how it affects Latino and Latin American youth, the use of art as resistance and the biopolitics of immigration.

Lewis-Flenaugh is a doctoral candidate in the student affairs in higher education program. She is also a resident director, working with first-year and upperclassmen.

Her research interests in "empowered survival" include organizational leadership, transformative education, multiculturalism and college student development for marginalized identity groups.

This is the 26th year for the awards celebration. Launched in 1992 as the Women of Color Celebration and renamed Celebrating Global Sisterhood in 2013, this event brings people together to celebrate the cultural diversity and accomplishments of women of color at Miami and around the world.

More for National Women’s History Month: Women's Read-In/MakerSpace 

MakerSpace/MakeHerSpace/MakeHirSpace: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in 303 King Library.

makerspaceEach year the women's center and University Libraries partner to observe National Women's History Month. Stop by creative stations such as bookbinding, yarn crafts, poetry, vision boarding and more. 

Coffee, tea and refreshments provided.

Listen to talks by:

Kimberly Hamlin, 11 a.m., "Race, Racism and the Women's Movement." 

Jason Shaiman,  1 p.m., "Telling Her Story: How Women Authors and Illustrators Inspire and Empower African-American Girls."

Erin Beckloff, 3 p.m., "Fellowship and Filmmaking: Making a Documentary about Letterpress Printing."