Maria DiStefano is studying History and Education at the University of Pennsylvania where, along with her academic work, she is involved with a number of nonprofit organizations supporting underserved students and communities. Maria’s  experience includes working at the National Constitution Center, where she focused on making academic resources and educational programming more available to students and teachers across the country. She has also worked extensively with the Penn Museum, specializing in data digitization, database upkeep, and artifact care.

While at UPenn, Maria has participated in community service projects in Philadelphia, including at food pantries, soup kitchens, and various social justice organizations. She has also been directly involved in Philadelphia schools, volunteering in Spanish language and tutoring programs to support local students. This work is closely aligned with Maria’s efforts toward equitable education systems and helping all students receive the support, supplies, and opportunities they need to reach their goals.