September 4, 2009
IPSS Assignment: Mercy Corps
Michelle was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Her father is a radiologist and her mother is a writer. She has a B.A. in ESL from the University of Guadalajara and has three more classes to complete her M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College. She has ten years experience teaching Spanish and was the coordinator for the Spanish Winter Intensive program at Monterey.
She is specializing in Conflict Resolution and has a particular interest in Gender and Youth Studies. While at the Monterey Institute, she interned at Mercy Corps Colombia and focused her research in the field of Youth and Gender. She completed her International Professional Service Semester at the field office in Colombia working with the program to eradicate the worst forms of child labour.
She believes that we can make a difference in the world and has always been concerned with transcending: "I think that people who have lost someone close have a different awareness of what is important in life." She loves traveling and cooking. She has a dog named Indy who has been her loyal friend and companion. She loves animals and nature. She hopes that we all try everyday to not damage the environment to leave something for the next generations to come.
She hopes to work in an NGO that makes a difference and helps people live with dignity.