Grace Berry Award
The Grace Berry Award for Women in Graduate Studies is made possible by a gift to Intercollegiate Women’s Studies (now IFC) from Pomona alumna Margarita Horner in honor of Grace Berry, the founder of the Pomona Branch of the American Association of University Women. Ms. Horner intended the gift to help women students at Claremont Graduate University in pursuing their education. While the award is need-based, it also emphasizes academic excellence. Preference will be given to students who are at a more advanced stage of their studies (i.e., who have already begun work towards a thesis or dissertation), as well as to students whose work is related to Gender & Women’s Studies.
2017-18 Grace Berry Award Recipients
M.A. student, Applied Women’s Studies and History, CGU
Madison Clark is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University in Montgomery in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Minor in Theatre. During her academic career at AUM, she began exploring her interest in working within museums, serving as a docent at the Alabama Archives and History Museum and the Freedom Rides Museum, both of which enhanced her teaching skills in the public history sector. She enrolled at Claremont Graduate University in January 2017, pursuing dual Master’s degrees in Applied Women’s Studies and History. She hopes to work with sexual assault victims and/or teach about the history of black women during Reconstruction. In her spare time, she enjoys film and spoken word poetry.
JungJa Joy Yu
Ph.D. student, Women’s Studies in Religion, CGU
JungJa Joy Yu earned a B.S. in Life Science from Sogang University in Seoul, but instead of becoming a scientist, but her interest in helping people experience spiritual formation and in creating social change led her to become a minister and scholar. She earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Spiritual Formation, Biblical Studies and Feminism) at Claremont School of Theology; her book, Breaking the Glass Box: A Korean Woman’s Experiences of Spiritual Formation, is based on that M.A. work. She also holds an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has done ministerial work with non-profit and non-governmental organizations globally. She is engaged in a research project on former comfort women and connections with modern-day sex slavery; she will present her research at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in November 2017. Her dissertation focuses on Asian women in ministry and the sexist culture and practices in immigrant evangelical churches in the U.S. She hopes to use her research to raise women’s voices from the margins and to empower women as church leaders.
2016-17 Grace Berry Award Recipient
Ph.D. student, Education, CGU
Marquisha Spencer is a mother, scholar and advocate of social change in education. Originally from Omaha Nebraska, Marquisha has a bachelor’s and m
aster’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Marquisha relocated to Claremont, CA to work toward her Doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis in higher education administration and Women and Gender Studies. Prior to her relocation, Marquisha served as a youth and education specialist to middle and high school youth in low socio-economic communities, assisting them in personal and academic endeavors and guiding them through successful high school to college transitions.
Marquisha recently completed her first year of doctoral work with hopes that she has selected an area of research for her dissertation. As previously mentioned she is a mother. She gave birth to her son during her first semester of undergraduate matriculation. Marquisha would like to dedicate her time and research for dissertation purposes, to single, female, student-parents in higher education and levels or the lack thereof, of support from the institutions in which they attend.
Post-doctoral study Marquisha plans to serve as a women and gender studies professor and student services specialist, helping to advance research, policies and institutional supports for female students, especially those of color and more specifically, those with dual-statuses as students and parents. She also hopes to serve as a youth empowerment specialist, motivational speaker and gender equality advocate outside of the professoriate.
2015 – 2016 Grace Berry Award Recipient
Ph.D. student, History, CGU
Elwing Gonzalez is a CGU doctoral student in history. She is currently writing her dissertation on the development of the Vietnamese refugee community of Los Angeles. Her general areas of focus in history are 20th century U.S., ethnicity and immigration, Los Angeles, and urban studies. She is also an 8th grade history teacher, visual artist, and mother of three wonderful boys.