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Students for Political Action (SPA)

Who we are: Students for Political Action (SPA) is a non-partisan student organization. As stated in its constitution, its purpose is "to unite those interested in the area of political science through selected programs activities and to promote interest in politics among students at Central Missouri State University" (now University of Central Missouri).

What we do: Students for Political Action is in charge of one of the biggest events on campus, “Politics and Social Justice Week” (PSJW), every spring. Each PSJW has a theme – revolving around major issues of inequality, liberty, justice, human rights, etc. – that is examined by a range of speakers from on and off campus. It is SPA's job to assist in organizing PSJW, including identifying guest speakers, advertising, raising the funds for speakers, and introducing the speakers. It is an extremely exciting week for the entire UCM community. In addition to PSJW, SPA also assists in inviting other speakers to come to UCM to give presentations on a range of hot button issues. SPA also gives students the opportunity to network through meeting different people and traveling to different places. In the past, SPA has organized trips to Jefferson City for the day and assist in voter registration drives.

When we meet: SPA meets every other Thursday at 4pm in Wood 204-D, the political science conference room. Any student with a GPA of 2.0 or higher may become a member of SPA (active members must pay dues of $5 per year).

Who to contact for more information: If you are interested in joining our organization or have additional questions, stop by the Department of Government, International Studies, and Languages in Wood 203. Or, you can contact SPA’s faculty adviser Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann at

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