Maria was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she served as a mentor and the Internal Co-Director for the Scholars’ Latino Initiative (SLI), a three-year mentoring program that served Latino high school students in surrounding communities. Through her work with SLI, she became very passionate about reducing the educational achievement gap. As an advocate for equal opportunity, she hopes that her involvement targeted at youth will empower and inspire them to become change-makers within their communities.