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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.

Learn more about SPACO at our Fall 2018 Welcome Back event on Tuesday, September 18th from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in room 140 Nolte Center.  Pizza provided. RSVP to


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 Thursdays from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Library Room of Bordertown Coffee beginning September 13th, 2018. 
Portuguese Conversation Hours

Portuguese conversation hours will be held Fridays from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. in room 5 Folwell Hall. Portuguese conversation hours will begin on Friday, September 14th. 

Fall 2018 SPACO Meetings

Meetings are held every other Monday from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in room 120 Folwell Hall
Monday, September 10th
Monday, September 24th
Monday, October 8th
Monday, October 22nd
Monday, October 5th
Monday, October 19th
Monday, December 3rd

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference (UIC)

April, 2018

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.