Murat’s wayfinding journey is defined by a u-turn — from a successful Ph.D. level engineering career towards a passionate and purposeful focus on minority youth development.
His involvement with youth entails both academia and field experience. On the academic end, following an MA study in Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences, he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Global Affairs specializing in positive youth development, civic and religious identity development of minority youth, and institutional solutions for transnational migrant-origin youth. He has also worked extensively on digital addictions and models on establishing screen-smart families, schools, and communities. His in-classroom experience includes teaching college-level courses on immigration and minority youth, youth community leadership, and Muslim Americans.
On the field end, Murat co-founded and consulted six youth organizations related to different culture groups ranging from Balkan Americans to South Asian Americans. He developed community-oriented education curriculums and NGO Leadership programs, prepared training programs for college students to be community teachers, and led participatory processes to develop a creative summer camp curriculum for diverse community organizations. He is also co-founder of an international summer abroad program with over 2000 American college-age participants to date.
Murat customized and implemented the Project Wayfinder Purpose curriculum while serving on a non-profit community school board. The students developed and implemented five community projects as a result of that year’s Project Wayfinder class. After witnessing the real-life impact of the Wayfinder curriculum, he has become a passionate ambassador of Project Wayfinder.