Bachelor of Arts, International relations
Grace Michel is a graduate student in the M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies at USD. She received her B.A. in international relations from Claremont McKenna College. Most recently, Grace worked as a research intern with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Before coming to USD Michel was an advocate for Latina survivors of sexual and domestic violence at Consejo Counseling and Referral Service in Seattle. She served for several years in Lima, Peru, with Paz y Esperanza (Peace and Hope), partnering with local church leaders in marginalized urban neighborhoods to promote holistic community transformation projects. In 2013 Grace was one of USD's Social Innovation Challenge award winners for her project, HOMESPUN, which brings together refugees from Burma living in San Diego for weaving circles, where elders pass on the art of traditional weaving to the youth, and participants learn social entrepreneurship skills to sell their woven creations. Grace has worked with the U.S. Campaign for Burma and spent time on the Burma-Thailand border as an educator for Karen refugees.