Spanish Outside the Classroom

Contacts with Hispanic Culture and the Spanish Language on the W&M Campus

The Hispanic House / La Casa Hispánica

The Hispanic House (La Casa Hispánica) is located on second floor of Giles Hall in the Randolph complex. This special interest housing is for as many as twenty-four students who wish to improve or maintain their Spanish language skills and gain insights into Hispanic culture. Residents are encouraged to speak Spanish with their housemates whenever they are in the dorm. In addition to the Resident Assistant assigned to the floor by the Office of Residence Life, a language house tutor from a Spanish-speaking is hired by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures to collaborate with residents in the planning of cultural events such as film screenings and discussion, instruction in ethnic/national cuisine, dances, and group outings. Recent tutors have been from Cuba, Spain, and Mexico.

If you are interested in living in the La Casa Hispánica applications are available in early November.

Students who wish to apply must first have paid the $200 room reservation deposit to ORL by its advertised deadline the first week of February in order to be eligible for an initial interview with the language house tutor and faculty advisor. Interviews take place during the second week of February. Applicants must sign their name at one of the interview times on the sign-up sheet that will be posted on the glass doors outside Washington Hall 210. Students who are accepted into the Spanish House must attend the Room Selection Meeting (prior to Spring Break and before lottery numbers are distributed to students).

Student Organizations at William and Mary

• CPALS (Community Partnership for Adult Learners).

CPALS  is a student-run organization that offers free English language classes for the local community. CPALS evolved from a Hispanic Studies freshman seminar taught by Jonathan Arries with support from the Sharpe Community Scholars Program.  Classes meet at 7:30 every Tuesday and Thursday evening in Morton Hall when regular classes meet during the fall and spring semesters. Volunteers are welcome to help during the one-on-one tutoring that follows large-group instruction each night.  For more information about volunteering, contact

• Sigma Delta Pi (Hispanic Honorary Society)

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, is a non-profit organization founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1919.  Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, and partners with professional organizations such as the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and the International Association of Hispanists.  Membership benefits include undergraduate study abroad awards.  For more information, contact Prof. Carla Buck, [[cobuck]].

• Latin American Student Union

LASU (; Facebook) is involved with community service projects and initiatives in the Williamsburg community. As a group, we seek to celebrate our diverse latin-american identities together through the Fine Arts.  Our goal is to educate the William & Mary campus, the Williamsburg community as well as our ourselves about issues in Latin America and issues affecting the Latino community in the US.  Membership is open to anyone interested, and everyone is welcome to join us at meetings and events!