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Melissa Diamond
Education
University of Richmond
SVC Selected
Fellow Class
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Bio

Melissa Diamond is a writer, speaker and social entrepreneur with a mission to create a world where everyone is accepted and valued for who they are. She is the founder and Executive Director of A Global Voice for Autism, a non-profit organization that exists to help children with autism and trauma-related behavioral challenges access education in conflict-affected communities. She is also the co-founder of Roots for Refugees, an initiative to connect Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey with companionship and transitional resources, and sits on the Board of Directors for Refugees Welcome USA. She has been featured as a keynote speaker on six continents on topics ranging from start-ups and social entrepreneurship to her journey with her "Syrian family" and is working on her first memoir. Melissa is currently a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Bradford pursuing a Masters degree in conflict, security and development. In her free time, she enjoys creating art with words, reading, writing and traveling.