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 scei@richmond.edu.

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 should 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 a few days before the start of the semester for training. Cultural Advisors must also attend regular meetings for supervision, team-building, and ongoing training. The position is paid, and benefits also 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.

The commitment is for one year, although students who will be abroad for one semester may apply. View more application information.

SpiderNights

SpiderNights is a program designed by the Cultural Advisors to offer fun, free, and welcoming activities on most Saturday nights. Usually starting at 7:00 pm, events have included grocery bingo, casino nights, carnival nights, arts and crafts, cake decorating, 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 (@spidernights). All students are welcome and the events are always free!