The Graduate Association for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (GRASP) is one of several student organizations that participates in the Graduate and Professional Association (GPA) and its representative senate. As such, our organization adheres to the general statement of purpose of this larger organization.

Beyond our general responsibilities as GPA members, GRASP officers serve important roles within the Department of Spanish & Portuguese. These include:

  1. Supporting and facilitating a strong relationship between the graduate students and the (faculty and staff of the) Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  2. Stimulating intellectual engagement in contemporary academic, scholarly, and political discourse
  3. Administering GSA funds in accordance with the needs of graduate students and the academic goals of the department as a whole
  4. Planning and assisting in important departmental functions, including departmental parties, award ceremonies, and the search for new members of the faculty.

2018-2019 Officers

Indira Yadira Ariana García Varela
Ph.D. Student, Vice President of GRASP
Wescoe Hall 2033

Vice President of GRASP

Andrés Sebastián Leal Arenas
M.A. Student, Secretary of GRASP
Wescoe Hall 2034

Secretary of GRASP

Dana A. Meredith
Ph.D. Student, Treasurer of GRASP
Wescoe Hall 2034

Treasurer of GRASP

Contemporary Latin America

Ángel María Rañales Pérez
Ph.D. Student and University Graduate Studies Fellow, President of GRASP
Wescoe Hall 2033

President of GRASP

Medieval Iberia


Should you have any questions, please send us an e-mail at graspkuspan@ku.edu.

GRASP Leadership Positions Announcement

It's that time of year, where our current GRASP committee solicits nominations for the coming year positions. The positions are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Plus, the incoming first-year students will elect a first-year representative in August 2019. GRASP is comprised of all the graduate students of the Spanish and Portuguese department. Please consider leading 2019/2020 GRASP programs such as Hablemos, Graduate Research Colloquium, The Annual Invited Speaker, Incoming Student Mentoring, plus other activities and fundraisers. If you would like to nominate yourself or another person, please email the name and position to graspkuspan@ku.edu.

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