Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese promotes undergraduate and graduate education that fosters cross-cultural understanding, equity, and human rights for all. We strive to provide a safe space for learning, research, and public engagement across national, linguistic, and ideological borders. Read more...


Statement on UAW Strike

The UC Davis Spanish and Portuguese Department faculty express their support for a settlement that will benefit Academic Student Employees who are part of our  community and perform many of our department's core functions. We affirm the right of student workers to engage in lawful strike activity, and we will not retaliate in any way against graduate students based on their participation or non-participation in strike activities.

Congratulations the Calaveritas Contest Winners!

This year's Calaveritas Contest had many fantastic entries, see the winning entries!

Las calaveras son poemas satíricos que forman parte de la
celebración del Día de Muertos. A manera de epitafio
burlesco, relatan la muerte de una persona.
Tradicionalmente suelen estar dedicadas a personas de
autoridad o figuras de la vida pública, y comúnmente
encierran críticas sociales o comentarios políticos.



Ankita Karthik

Donald Trump, eres único,

NEH Working Group Earns LULAC Recognition for Curricular Enhancement Project

A departmental working group for the project "Preparing Bilingual Spanish Speaking Students for Careers in Immigration Law" has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the League of United Latin American Citizens "for championing the needs of bilingual students and promoting bilingualism in the legal profession." The award was presented on October 10, 2022, at a meeting of the working group with five UC Davis alumni who returned to campus to offer feedback on the project.

Filmed Event - Careers in Law, Advocacy, and Social Services for Immigrant Communities

With support from the National Endowment from the Humanities, the Global Migration Center, and the Spanish and Portuguese department, Professors Robert Irwin and Emily Vázquez hosted the event "Careers in Law, Advocacy, and Social Services for Immigrant Communities." At this event, a panel of distinguished alumni from the Spanish and Portuguese department talked about their experiences following career paths that focus on helping Latinx communities, and about how their Spanish major has helped them accomplish their professional goals.