Mathematics and Sciences
Majors: Biology and Philosophy
Outstanding academic achievements:
Llona is a double-major student who has maintained a high (GPA 3.926) in two challenging programs. In addition to her course load, she has done research through the RISE program at BU with Dr. Hu in the Biology Department since Spring 2016 semester. In the Philosophy department, she worked with Dr. Tallman for one academic year (2017-2018). In addition to doing research at BU, she participated in a Biomedical Ethics program at the National University of Singapore, Yoo Loo Lin School of Medicine, Center of Biomedical Ethics during the winter break of 2018. During the summer of 2018, she participated in the research summer program at Washington University in St. Louis, as an Amgen Scholar. She has attended five workshops for both disciplines and has written four abstracts resulting from her research. She has also achieved three professional certifications, such as IACCUC, CPR and OSHA training. She was also selected to participate in the MIT Quantitative Methods Workshop in January of 2018. Llona has qualified to be a member of four honor societies as a result of her GPA and her service to the university and community. With Llona's leadership her team placed 2nd and 3rd on consecutive years at the National completions Llona is a Stamps scholar and has lived up to her potential at BU academically and as a student representing Barry at the Ethics Bowl; as well as, doing research at large research institutions.
She has extensive community service where she has participated in 9 different activities with one, Breakthrough Miami, she has continued to tutor 3rd - 8th grade youth from underserved communities since 2015. In addition, through several academic clubs and societies she has served in leadership positions or as a presenter. In the Fall 18 semester, she hosted ‘Research 101' and ‘Snack and Chat: Capital Punishment'. She participated in the CAS Dean's student advisor board (2017-2018).
She has been awarded the Dr. George J. Wanko Award for Outstanding Junior, the NSLS Excellence in Leadership Award, the St. Rose of Lima Campus Ministry Award, the John Graves Thompson Award for Outstanding Freshman, and the Stamps Scholarship
Due to her academic load, her community and university service her extracurricular activities surround the university life. She is often helping her classmates, tutoring or mentoring other biology students.
Humanities and Fine Arts
Specializations: Professional Writing and Literature
Outstanding academic achievements:
Paris Razor has always taken her education seriously as an English major double specializing in literature and professional writing. In all her academic endeavors she has succeeded. She currently has a 3.7 GPA and has garnered many achievements at Barry. She is currently a member in four different honor societies: Delta Epsilon Sigma, National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Tau Delta, and Phi Eta Sigma. Sigma Tau Delta is the national honor society of English students. In 2017, Paris earned the Sigma Tau Delta writing award, earning first place in fiction. She was published in Barry's literary journal, What Oft Was Thought. She has also represented Barry during her internship with Miami Music Project, a nonprofit organization using music to create social change in Miami's youth. Her work received perfect reviews from the organization, as she developed and edited grants, created articles, and edited documents for the board of trustees and publication. Paris has also done her best to gain writing experience outside of her school work, publishing articles in International Real Estate News and La Voz Católica.
Paris Razor is a Barry Service Corps Fellow for Barry University's Center for Community Service Initiatives. Since her sophomore year, Paris has been a fellow, part of the Global Citizenship justice team, primarily working on issues concerning farmworker rights. Farmworkers nationwide face injustices of wage theft, gender-based violence, and in extreme cases, slavery. To combat these issues, Paris has been a student leader on the steering committee of the Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) for two years, a national network of students and young people working to uproot exploitation in the fields. They are the sister organization of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a worker-based nonprofit organization addressing farmworker rights. They developed the Fair Food Program, a partnership between food retailers, farmers, and farmworkers to ensure humane conditions in the fields. In 2015, SFA announced a boycott of Wendy's, a fast food restaurant that has refused to join the Fair Food Program, ignoring their role in perpetuating abuse. Because of this, most of Paris's work in this organization includes fulfilling their mission in persuading Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program. Due to this, Paris works in organizing and recruiting university students at Barry and in the United States. Paris has travelled to Ohio several times to support the Wendy's boycott. Two of the trips included working with other activists to strategize campaigns in SFA's annual conference. A third trip included going to the Wendy's headquarters, where she attended their shareholder's meeting alongside farmworkers, clergy, and other activists, to draw attention to Wendy's unjust practices. Paris has also led a group of college students and activists representing communities throughout Florida on a trip to New York City. The group was supporting a CIW hunger fast in front of the Wendy's headquarters in New York. She organized a stage bus from Barry to New York, and attended a demonstration of approximately 2000 people. The next day, Paris led workshops for students, persons of faith, and activists who serve as leaders of their own SFA chapters across the U.S. For a little over two years, Paris has facilitated a service-learning package for students at Barry, educating students on farmworker rights and the CIW/SFA. She designs and coordinates direct and indirect service activities, and has organized several demonstrations in Miami including the Barry community. Paris has also organized a 24-hour hunger fast and memorial service, sign-making activities, social media campaigns, presentations, and more. She has also published an article in a Spanish Catholic newspaper of Barry's involvement in the New York City demonstration. Paris also founded and is president of the Barry Student/Farmworker Alliance Chapter on campus. Besides her work with SFA and CIW, her role as a Barry Service Corps Fellow includes being a service trip leader. She has led groups to perform service in the Florida Keys in the wake of Hurricane Irma, and major days of service, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Make a Difference Day. Paris has also served in Alternative Spring Break, where she flew to the Texas/Mexico border and worked in a respite center, helping unaccompanied minors receive a meal and a change of clothing. She helped take care of children so parents could take their first shower in days. This spring, Paris will be going to Tallahassee/Alabama for Alternative Spring Break. In Tallahassee, she will be lobbying at the state capital for the Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act, fighting for hygiene products and eradicating sexual abuse for women in Florida prisons. In Alabama, she will experience civil rights history in Montgomery and visit the Legacy Museum and National Peace and Justice Memorial. Most recently in February 2019, Paris and another student presented in Charlottesville, Virginia for the IMPACT conference, an event for students, nonprofit professionals, and campus administrators, to identify issues within their communities to which they would like to solve and create social change. Her presentation “Promoting Social Justice through Student-Led University Clubs and Organizations while Building Mutually Beneficial Community Partnerships” helped to educate individuals on the differences between charity and social justice, how to identify a social issue in their community, and create an action plan while discovering community partners.
Sigma Tau Delta Writing Award, First Place in Fiction (2017), Barry University. Student Advocate Award (2018), from the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice, Barry University. Community Impact Award (2018), from the Center for Community Service Initiatives, Barry University. National Engaged Leader Award (2019), from the National Society of Leadership and Success, Barry University.
Paris Razor has also put her best foot forward in other aspects of Barry life. Paris founded and is the President of the Barry Student/Farmworker Alliance Chapter. Their meetings occur biweekly, as she helps to strategize with other students on ways to support farmworker rights. Paris is also the copyeditor and staff writer of Barry's student-led newspaper, The Buccaneer. Since her sophomore year, she has been writing articles about a myriad of events on campus and in the community. It was in her senior year she was appointed as copyeditor, editing several articles a week, providing feedback and corrections to help other Barry students become better writers. Some of her published articles from The Buccaneer was submitted to the Catholic Press Association's 2019 CPA Journalism Awards, hoping to win Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues. Paris also helped to organize and co-hosted the school newspaper's first "Stay Woke" debate and monologue competition. As well, Paris has represented Barry at LeaderShape in 2017, a nonprofit organization that holds leadership training for college students.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Minor: Political Science
Outstanding academic achievements:
- CCSI Barry Service Corp Fellow
- Community Organizing and Development through CCSI
- Campus Democracy Project committee member
- Deliberative Dialogue panelist
- Ethical Leadership conference
- Up to Us, Team Leader (selected to attend conference in Arizona)
- Newman Civic Fellow, 2018-19
- Community Impact Award winner, 2017
- CCSI Barry Service Corp Fellow
- Campus Democracy Project assistant
- Volunteer work with Gang Alternative, Lillie C. Evens Elementary School Speech and Debate Club, Haiti Optimists, Virginia Key beach cleanup, and Urban GreenWorks
- P.R.I.D.E. Club member.
Note: Jasmine is participating in the Spring 2019 commencement ceremony. She will be taking HIS 315 and HUM 396 in Summer I to complete her graduation requirements.