Cultural Advisors

Cultural Advisors (CAs) are student leaders who work for the Student Center for Equity and Inclusion to make the campus more welcoming and inclusive.  Cultural Advisors are trained in various areas of diversity and social justice and use their skills to bring more awareness to the greater campus community.

They have two primary ongoing responsibilities. The first is to host and staff SpiderNights, a Saturday evening programming series designed to offer students fun and affordable activities on campus nearly every weekend. The brainchild of the very first cohort of CAs, SpiderNights often partners with cultural organizations to amplify their programming and help to center it in the campus social space. 

Their second programming series brings cross-cultural or social justice programs to the campus at large. Working in groups, they select two topics a semester with which to engage the community through visible and interactive activities. For more information about the CAs contact

The Cultural Advisors are Wrapping up Their Last Official Year at UR

After 13 years, the Cultural Advisor program is morphing into two new programs. The SpiderNights program will become a part of SpiderBoard, the all-campus programming board operated out of the Center for Student Involvement. Spidernights will continue to operate as a weekend program, but with the added advantage of having a more centralized programming body behind them. Going forward members of SpiderBoard, including those working on SpiderNights, will have paid positions, indicating the important role they plan in offering quality, inclusive programming to the campus community. You may apply here. 

New Inclusive Leadership Program Launches in the SCEI

Replacing the non-SpiderNights aspect of the CA program, is a new program the SCEI is launching entitled the Student Inclusion Agents. This group will be responsible for offering outreach and training on issues of diversity and inclusion. You can read a position description here.  Applications are now being accepted for this paid position for 2023-2024.