Michael Ciuraru

Educator

Michael Ciuraru was born in Queens, New York into a Roma family. His upbringing has exposed him to interactions with various Roma communities—from villages in Romania to cities in France and throughout the United States—that were struggling to survive on the outskirts of society. These experiences have made him question how to find solutions to help Roma develop and have access to education. He believes education is the first step in empowering the Roma and other underrepresented minorities to overcome their marginalized condition and contribute to society.