The Three Musketeers, Touro Style

Graduate School of Technology students show it's not where you come from that matters

August 21, 2015
L-r: Graduate School of Technology Dean Issac Herkowitz; Chaya Klugmann; Shirin Charaniya; and Paula Inestroza
L-r: Graduate School of Technology Dean Issac Herkowitz; Chaya Klugmann; Shirin Charaniya; and Paula Inestroza

It’s not surprising they stood out: They looked like a Benetton ad for diversity. “I don’t think we ever spoke of it,” says Charaniya, who works as an Instructional Technologist for a leading video streaming company.  “We just hit it off. We’re all from cultures that teach the importance of learning and that’s Touro’s environment, as well.”

The only time their backgrounds came up, says Klugmann was over the issue of food. “They are very accommodating,” she says, laughing. “There are about four kosher coffee shops that work for me and they’re fine with that.” On a more serious note, adds Klugmann, who teaches at a Yeshiva school in Washington Heights, “I had a very specific vision of what I wanted out of the school. So did Paula and so did Shirin. And we all walked out with what we needed.”