Advising Office
Phone: 612-624-9348

Academic Advisors
Natalie Wharton
Maryanne Williams Smoczyk

Make a Phone or Zoom Appointment

Spanish and Portuguese Studies appointments will be held in-person, phone or Zoom.  Available appointments can be seen on our calendar page. If you elect the phone option, we will call you from a restricted/private phone number. If you can not find an available appointment time, please email

Peer advisors

Rachel Hoppe, peer advisor

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Rachel Hoppe is a peer advisor for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese from Chanhassen, MN. She is pursuing a double major in Journalism and Spanish Studies. She fell in love with Spanish after seeing how passionate many of her teachers at Chanhassen High School were for the language. Rachel knew she wanted to continue studying Spanish when she started to see her ability to communicate complex thoughts develop. Rachel hopes she can help other students continue their academic endeavors within the Spanish and Portuguese Studies department!

Annika Wulf, Peer Advisor

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Annika Wulf is a peer advisor for the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies.  Originally from Mound, MN, Annika is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, and Spanish & Portuguese Studies.  Annika has been interested in Spanish Studies since she was in high school, when her favorite Spanish teacher sparked a love for language learning, as well as for studying cultures and linguistics.  As the peer advisor, Annika hopes to be a helpful resource to students pursuing the various programs available within the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies.

Student Ambassador

Our Student Ambassador works closely with the advising office and are charged with developing and implementing community-building activities for our majors and minors. The ambassador can be reached at Look for their events on our Student Ambassador calendar!

Tasha Klatt, Student Ambassador

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Tasha is in her second year at the U majoring in Spanish Studies and Marketing. After graduating she hopes to work for a company like Equal Exchange that works with farmer cooperatives in Latin America to bring foods like bananas, chocolate, and coffee to the US market in an equitable manner. She chose to major in Spanish because she grew up with many ties to the Latin American community and has always felt a pull to the culture. She believes that by studying the language and history thoroughly she will be able to further immerse herself in the culture and connect with the people in it. She hopes to put this into practice by engaging with the Latin American community in the twin cities and studying abroad in Ecuador next year. Outside of her position as a student ambassador you can find her looking through plant stores and vintage clothing shops as well as working on her chai latte recipe!