Ms. Maria J. Schmidt
123 Chambers Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
TitleAssistant Dean, Multicultural Programs
María J. Schmidt is the Assistant Dean for Multicultural Programs at Penn State's College of Education. A native of Puerto Rico and a resident of Pennsylvania for the last 26 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 and one of the founders 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 served for several years as commissioner representing Blair and Centre Counties.