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 which occurs most Saturday nights.
The halls which have a CA in 2016-7 include the following: Dennis; Freeman; Gateway; Gray Court; Lakeview; Jeter; Lora Robins; Moore; Thomas, and Westhampton.
Toan Nguyen, Dennis
Emily Ragan, Freeman
Rosanna Thai, Gateway
Mary Adesoba, Gray Court
Jieyi "Crystal" Ding, Gray Court
Hannah Stein, Jeter
Canvas Brieva, Lakeview
Rose Sisco, Lakeview
Alanna Breeden, Lora Robins
Sukriti Adhikari, Lora Robins
Kylie Britt, Moore Hall
Taylor Johnson, Moore Hall
Joseph George (Fall), Thomas Hall
Maggie Latimer (Spring), Thomas Hall
Annabelle Pham, Westhampton Hall
Chastyn Smith, Westhampton Hall
The Head Cultural Advisor is Rosanna Thai, the Coordinator of SpiderNights is Hannah Stein, and the Coordinator of SpiderNight Publicity is Alanna Breeden.
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 activities most Saturday nights. 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, movie nights, and trips off-campus to trampoline parks, and laser tag. Activities are always advertised on the dflyers in the Commons and via Facebook events. All students are welcome and the events are always free!