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Spanish and Portuguese Across Cultures Organization (SPACO)

SPACO is a Spanish and Portuguese club focused in the development of knowledge of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and the cultures and communities with which they are associated through events, speakers, and volunteer work. SPACO's principle activities include volunteer activities, speakers, and various events that submerge people into the Spanish, Latin American, and Portuguese language and culture.


SPACO meets twice a month during the academic semester. We also host both Spanish and Portuguese weekly conversation hours when school is in session. To learn more about SPACO meetings and events, join the SPACO listserv. Please email with the following:

  • Name
  • Major/minor
  • Possible area of interest (social events, volunteer opportunities, conversation hours, etc.)


Spanish Conversation Hours

Spanish conversation hours will be held on Thursdays, through May 7th, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. via Zoom:

Portuguese Conversation Hours

Conversation hours are suspended for spring semester. 


Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC)

Each year, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese works with other language-based departments and centers to host the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC). Students participating in UIC have the opportunity to experience all the rigor and fun of a professional academic conference. UIC hosts panels of student researchers and writers, moderated discussions, chances for students to network with faculty and alumni, and creative student performances.

In addition to traditional conference panels and presentations, we will be asking students to propose collaborative and discussion based sessions. In these “open forums,” small groups of students will make short problem-posing presentations on significant global issues and lead their peers in a discussion focused on exploration and questioning (rather than argumentation and answers).

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

We also encourage undergraduate students to apply for the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). This program, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research, supports research projects dedicated to fulfilling the U of M’s commitment to research and expanding the store of human knowledge and expression. Students who successfully apply will receive a $1,400 stipend to support their research and will also have an opportunity to present their research at various university symposia.  

Students who earn a UROP will be mentored by one of nearly 3,000 diverse faculty members and will meet other students who share a passion for discovery about the human condition. The UROP can be used to help you achieve practical goals like your senior capstone project or put you on a path to career. If you're interested in pursuing a program with UROP, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research for more information.