Cultural Advisors

Cultural Advisors (CAs) are student leaders on campus who live in the residence halls and work with residents and residence life staff to make the halls safe, welcoming, and supportive communities for all students. Cultural Advisors promote learning and understanding across differences, share information about campus resources on diversity and inclusion, and facilitate connections between and among residents. They also coordinate the weekly SpiderNights program (formerly CA Alternatives) which occurs every Saturday night.

The halls which have a CA in 2014-15 include the following:  Dennis; Freeman; Gray Court; Lakeview; Lora Robins; Moore; Robins; and Wood.

Francisco Cuevas, Freeman
Joanna de la Merced, Gray Court
Mercy de la Merced, Lora Robins
Kelsey Ensign, Moore 
Harry Lambert, Lakeview Spring Semester
Amy Li, Lakeview
Bailey Little, Lora Robins
Taylor Parson, Moore
Hira Siddiqui, Robins
Rosanna Thai, Robins
Jose Torres, Wood
Ciana Young, Gray Court
Josh Young, Dennis

The Head Cultural Advisor is Kelsey Ensign and the coordinator of CA Alternatives is Jordan Nguyen.

General Application Information

Cultural Advisors (CAs) are recruited and selected early in the spring semester for the following academic year. Rising sophomores through seniors are eligible to apply to become CAs. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, and have no disciplinary history. Students are encouraged to apply regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith tradition, ability status, or other area of difference.

The position requires that students return to campus a few days before the start of the semester for training with Common Ground and Residence Life staff. Cultural Advisors must also attend regular meetings with both departments for supervision and on-going training. While there is no compensation for the position, benefits include extensive skill development in the areas of diversity, community-building, and event planning, collaborating with and learning from your fellow advisors, ready access to University administration, and the opportunity to become change agents on campus.

CAs are given a programming budget for their residence halls. There will not be any personal cost to the Cultural Advisor to participate in any aspects of the training or program. The commitment is for one year, and recruitment begins in the spring semester for the following academic year. More application information is available here.


SpiderNights is a program designed by the Cultural Advisors to give students different late night on-campus activities every Saturday night. Usually starting at 9:00 pm and lasting until 12:00 am, events have included pizza and game nights, dive-in pool parties, dodgeball tournaments, carnival nights, video game tournaments, arts and crafts, and movie nights. Activities are always advertised on the dflyers in the Commons and via Facebook events. All students are welcome and the events are always free!