Grace Michel is a facilitator and educator with a deep commitment to building a more inclusive, just, and peaceful world. Grace currently serves as the Intercultural Training Specialist for the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) at UC Berkeley’s International House. In this role, she designs and delivers experiential workshops and courses to help people build skills to work effectively across cultural differences and lead global and multicultural teams. She has extensive experience in intercultural communication, leadership development, social innovation, and peace education, and has worked primarily as a trainer/facilitator, program director, and consultant.
After completing her MA in Peace and Justice Studies at the University of San Diego, Grace served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce at USD, where she helped students launch social enterprises and gain entrepreneurship skills for positive social impact. Grace then went on to fulfill a lifelong goal of living and working in Burma/Myanmar, the country of her mother’s origin, where she designed curricula to promote peaceful coexistence and conducted education policy research. She has also volunteered extensively with communities of refugees from Burma in the U.S.
Grace also spent several years working in Lima, Peru, as a community educator focused on youth development and women’s empowerment.
Outside of the office, Grace can be found spending time with her family and friends, hiking, cycling, crafting, and exploring theater as a vehicle for social change.