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Grace Michel

Project Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts, International relations

Master of Arts, Peace and Justice Studies, University of San Diego
Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Claremont McKenna College

Grace Michel seeks to build peace through education, leadership development, human rights, and social innovation. 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. She serves a member of the Board of Directors of the Karen Organization of San Diego.

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