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Apply to be a Cultural Advisor for 2020-21 - A Few Positions Still Available

Thinking about applying to be a Cultural Advisor for 2020-2021? Great! We would love to help you think about whether being a CA is right for you. Read on!

CAs can be sophomores through seniors, and typically represent a wide range of identities and backgrounds which is one of the great strengths of the program. Starting in fall, 2020 all CAs will live in designated spaces in upperclass residence halls, and may be the designated CA for the building they live in or a building close by.  There will be information sessions in January with current CAs to learn more about the role. The application process involves an individual interview with Lisa Miles who directs the program, a group interview with the other applicants which is generally pretty fun, an application form, and one recommendation from a faculty or staff member. 

How do I learn more about being a CA?

The complete position description explains what is expected of the CAs and all about the work they do in the residence halls and with SpiderNights. You are also welcome to contact Common Ground with your questions or the Head Cultural Advisor, Natalie Hawley. 

What do I need to do to apply? 

  • Complete an application form
  • Have a faculty or staff member complete the recommendation form 
  • Email Lisa Miles to schedule a personal half-hour interview at Common Ground, with Lisa Miles, the head of the CA program. 

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 staff member?

The CA training process does not allow for you to be an OA as their trainings overlap.  You are welcome to apply for both but will need to decide when you receive your offers. 

Are CAs paid?

Not really, although we have plans to reimburse you for some of your training time in August. 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 after. 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 you will be in a single room unless you request a roommate, or you have been accepted into an SSIR. You may live with the roommate of your choice and select your suitemates as well.

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.