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Ms. Maria J. Schmidt
TitleAssistant Dean, Multicultural Programs
BiographyMaría J. Schmidt is the Director for the Office of Multicultural Programs at Penn State's College of Education. A native of Puerto Rico and a resident of Pennsylvania for the last 20 years, María has dedicated her life to addressing issues of educational equity and college access for underrepresented students. Throughout her professional career at Penn State she has exercised several leadership positions such as Chair for the Commission on Racial/Ethnic Diversity and was awarded the 2005 Dr. James Robinson Equal Opportunity Award in recognition for her commitment and leadership in fostering diversity and her service to under-represented communities. María frequently serves as consultant and advocate on Latina/o issues and engages in a variety of speaking, teaching and translating activities for community and University endeavors. She is advisor to several student organizations at Penn State, among them: Puerto Rican Student Association, BoricuaGrads, Multicultural Education Student Association and the Penn State's Holmes Scholars. She is also co-founder of Mujeres Bellas” a sociocultural group of Latinas in Centre County. María holds a BS in Sociology with a minor in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras). She earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Schmidt was appointed to the Pennsylvania Governor's Commission on Latino Affairs in 2006 where she represents Blair and Centre Counties.