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Michelle is a second-year graduate student at George Washington University in the MA in Public Policy-WGSS program. Her focus is on women’s sexual and reproductive health, disability studies, and Asian American feminisms and histories. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to her graduate studies, Michelle worked as a Special Events Assistant in the Public Affairs Department at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. During this time, she advocated for priority legislation such as SB 24, which requires all public universities in California to provide medicated abortion services at their on-campus health care services clinics. She also participated in community organizing and lobbying efforts such as tabling at college campuses, attending Planned Parenthood’s Capitol Day, and assisting with advocacy nights. Additionally, she has conducted her own research project focusing on how sex-selective abortion bans have uniquely impacted and harmed Asian American women. She hopes that this internship opportunity will allow her to continue learning to advocate for expanding access to reproductive healthcare with a focus on marginalized groups of women, and also to effectively research and write comprehensive policies that will reduce barriers to quality reproductive healthcare.

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