Student Organizations

Student organizations are a great way to get involved on campus, and to meet other students who share the same interests as you. Student organizations highlighted here include the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); the national collegiate Hispanic honors society, Sigma Delta Pi; La Tertulia, an RSO for students interested in all things Spanish and Latin American; and Cineclub, a Spanish-language film series.

The campus chapter (#761) of the national organization the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is very active, meets regularly (typically on Thursdays in the Multicultural Center), and welcomes new members.   The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. The President for 2011-2012 is Rocio Bedolla, the Vice President is Jackie Sandoval, and the faculty advisor of Luis Fernando Restrepo.

For more information, the organization's email is lulac761@gmail.com.

Sigma Delta Pi is the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and a non-profit organization, founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1919. Activities of the local University of Arkansas chapter in recent years have included free tutoring services for students of Spanish on campus, and sponsorship of Spanish language film screenings. U of A students have had success competing nationally for Sigma Delta Pi Study Abroad Scholarships.

Nomination forms for new inductees are normally circulated early in the Spring semester, with the annual Induction Ceremony occurring in April. For further information on the U of A Sigma Delta Pi chapter contact the Faculty Advisor, Professor Reina Ruiz, at rruiz@uark.edu.

La Tertulia is an informal social and conversation gathering for Spanish speakers, U of A Spanish students, and aficionados of all things Spanish and Latin American. We meet at 5:30 every Friday at Qdoba Restaurant on Dickson St. Stop by and give it a try!

The Film Series is an informal, Spanish-language film series. It is usually conducted each year by a different Latin American Studies or Spanish faculty member, most recently always during the fall semester and corresponding with Hispanic Heritage Month Activities. Sometimes the Film Series is linked to a particular class, such as the LAST Colloquium (LAST 4003), or Latin American Cinema and Society (SPAN 4253) or Cinema and Literature (SPAN 5453), but is always open to the larger community. Look for announcements around campus, in classes, or on the website.