Cultural Advisors

Cultural Advisors (CAs) are student leaders on campus who work with residential students and residence life staff to help 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 SpiderNights programs which take place most Saturday nights.

The Cultural Advisors will be serving their residence halls by holding a themed office hour each week in one of the hall lounges. You are encouraged to connect with your Cultural Advisor for informal advising, and information about campus resources, especially those that broadly support diversity, equity, and inclusion across the campus.

Fall, 2021 Cultural Advisors

Dennis Hall - Mamnuya Rinki

Gray Court - Chris Torres

Lora Robins Court - Kristen Starks

Marsh Hall - Mabella Zou (spring, 2021)

Moore Hall - Emily Herrera

North Court - Christopher Wilson

Robins Hall - Lesley Boadu

South Court - Jillian Yates

Thomas Hall - Mandy Zhu

Westhampton Hall - Olive Gallmeyer

The Head Cultural Advisor is Mamnuya Rinki and the Coordinator of SpiderNights is Emily Herrera. Our Coordinator of PR is Olive Gallmeyer.

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. 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 identity, gender identity, faith tradition, ability status, or other area of difference.

The position requires that students return to campus up to a week before the start of the semester for training. Cultural Advisors must also attend regular meetings for supervision, team-building, and ongoing training. While there is no compensation for the position, benefits include extensive skill development in the areas of diversity, community-building, 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, although students who will be abroad for one semester may apply. View more application information.


SpiderNights is a program designed by the Cultural Advisors to offer fun, free, and welcoming activities on most Saturday nights. Usually starting at 8:00 pm, events have included grocery bingo, casino nights, carnival nights, arts and crafts, movie nights, and trips off-campus to trampoline parks, and indoor rock-climbing. Activities are always advertised on the screens in the Tyler Haynes Commons, in Spiderbytes, and on Instagram (Urspidernights). All students are welcome and the events are always free!