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 CA Alternatives program which occurs every Saturday night.

The halls which have a CA in 2013-14 include the following:  Atlantic House; Freeman; Gray Court; Jeter; Lakeview; Lora Robins; Moore; North Court; Wood; and UFA 1500s block.

Meet and Eat  

This year there are Cultural Advisors located in the apartments. They will be hosting monthly Meet and Eat events, intimate meals featuring an interesting mix of students. Would you like to be invited to a Meet and Eat? Contact Head Cultural Advisor Brian.guay@richmond.edu.

Cultural Advisors, 2013-2014

Liliana Bermejo, Lora Robins C05C
Marcos Cejudo, Wood 113
Gina Cruz, Freeman 312
Francisco Cuevas, Lakeview 304B
Gigi DeJoy, UFA 1501
Kelsey Ensign, Moore B236
Trisha Jackson, Gray 356
Zak Kerr, Lakeview 220
Lina Malave, Lora Robins C05D
Victoria Navarro, Freeman
Marissa Parker, Atlantic House 24
Hira Siddiqui, Freeman 201
Michelle Shuman, North Court 240
Brandon Street, Gray 256
Shuang Zhao, Jeter 215

The Head Cultural Advisor is Brian Guay and the coordinator of CA Alternatives is Erica Lomax.

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.

CA Alternatives

CA Alternatives is a program designed to give students different late night on-campus activities every Saturday night. Usually starting at 10:00 pm and lasting until 1:00 am, events have included pizza and game nights, dive-in pool parties, dodgeball tournaments, cooking baking, 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! The latest schedule information is listed here.