Grace Kalala is a RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps member at EMBARC in Waterloo, Iowa. She is currently a student at Hawkeye Community College and plans on transferring to the University of Northern Iowa to pursue a degree in International Business.
Although her parents are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Grace was born and raised in South Africa. She moved to the United States in 2015 with her family. She speaks and understands several languages including English, French, Lingala, Zulu and Afrikaans. Grace decided to join the RefugeeRISE team in order to use her unique skills for the benefit of the refugee and immigrant community.
In her free time, Grace enjoys singing, cooking, and having fun with friends.