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Apply to be a Cultural Advisor for 2017-2018

General Application Information for 2017-2018 (The Deadline to Apply Has Been Extended to Feb. 5)

Interested in becoming a Cultural Advisor (CA)? CAs work to assure their residents feel connected and welcomed into their residence hall community by creating interesting and engaging programs and activities. CAs live in pre-designated residence hall single rooms or double rooms with a roommate of their choosing, are supervised by Common Ground and work in collaboration with Residence Life staff. Though the position is unpaid, the CAs have generous programming budgets, get to help plan the late night programming series SpiderNights, and have many opportunities to develop transferable and marketable leadership skills. The term of the position is one typically one full academic year. Students planning to study abroad for one semester may be considered on a space available basis.

As the Cultural Advisors foster community across differences, Common Ground welcomes all students interested in inclusion, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, religion, nationality, ability status, or socio-economic background, to apply to be a CA.

The Application Process

The recruitment process for 2017-2018 will open on November 30. See below for information about the process and general timeline for recruitment.

How do I learn more about being a CA?

The complete position description explains what is expected of the CAs and how they are trained and supervised. You are also welcome to contact Common Ground with your questions.

What do I need to do to apply? 

  • Attend a CA Information session on January 20, at 4:00 pm or Wednesday, January 25 at 5:00 pm in THC 329. 
  • Complete an application form by Feb. 5, deadline has been extended.
  • Have a faculty or staff member complete the recommendation form.
  • Plan to attend the group interview meeting, Feb. 11 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Sign up for a personal interview in mid- February in Common Ground.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a CA be an RA?

No, a CA and an RA are separate positions and have separate responsibilities.

Can you go abroad and still be a CA?

Yes, we will consider students who will be abroad for a semester. Please let Common Ground know if you are planning to go abroad when you apply.

Can a CA be an Orientation, Pre-O or Roadmap staff member?

The CA training process will allow for students to be Pre-O or Roadmap staff. However, it does conflict with the regular Orientation Advisor position. It is possible this will change for 2016-2017. We will let you know before the application process is over. If you are interested in being a CA and staffing one of these transition programs, please go ahead and apply and we will let you know what the plan is soon.

Are CAs paid?

No. But it is a vibrant leadership development program, that includes a generous programming allowance each semester for all your hall and SpiderNights activities, and training that is helpful both in your CA role as well as your life as a student. And we do feed you well during our August, January, and bi-monthly trainings.

Can I choose the residence hall I work in?

You have some input, and can let us know the population you want to work with. When you are offered the position, you will be told the hall in which you have been placed, and you can decide at that time whether to accept the position.

Do CAs have singles or doubles?

It depends on the building. Most often, when placed in a first-year hall, you will be in a single room, and if it is an upperclass hall, it is more likely to be a double. You may live with the roommate of your choice.

Can CAs live in the apartments?

CAs may go through the lottery and if they receive housing in the apartments and have the approval of Common Ground they may perform their role there. They would be expected to participate in SpiderNights planning and hosting with the rest of the CAs, but for their programming requirement they would host one meal a month called a Meet and Eat for a small but diverse group of students in their apartment. More information about this can be found in the CA position description.