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What makes you YOU? The Cultural Crossroads community can help you discover your passions and common interests while learning more about the world around you.

Expand your sights, open your mind, and discover everyday existence as a global citizen through the exploration of culture, language, and lifestyle—an inclusive community where the whole person is valued. Students will deepen their capacity for learning and understanding shared values, social practices, and expressions.

 

LEARN WHERE YOU LIVE

Here students have the opportunity to engage with live-in staff and faculty—academically, socially, and personally. Engaging in a diverse array of programming enables them to explore connections among the typical ways of life of an individual, group, or culture on a regional, national, and international scale.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

Here students design their own adventure and dive more deeply into their passions and skill development around culture, language, and lifestyle. Through special guest lectures, language tutors, seminars, workshops, social gatherings, and access to both on- and off-campus performances, exhibits, and speakers, students carve their own path of exploration.

CULTURAL CROSSROADS FOCUS (2020-2021)

Cultural Crossroads returners (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) will live together in one of four community villages:

  • The Global Village: Students in Global Village will celebrate languages and traditions from all over the world.
  • The Cultural Expression Village: Students in Cultural Expressions will create an environment that enriches their cultural artistic expression.
  • The Community Connections Village: Students in Community Connections will foster a culture of care where they can engage with their community as active global citizens.
  • The Identity Collective Village: In this village, students will take a deeper dive into their own social and cultural identities in the residence halls.

Students placed in Cultural Crossroads who indicated an area of focus will be invited to propose a themed house within their village.

 

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Undergraduate Course Facilitator (UCF): Work closely with the Cultural Crossroads faculty and staff to instruct the first-year course Exploring Identities and Global Lives. Application opens in March.

Learning Community Leader (LCL): Serve as a primary role model for other students in the LC and work closely with Cultural Crossroads staff to create a successful educational experience and learning environment. Applications accepted in January of each year.

Resident Advisor (RA): Work closely with the Cultural Crossroads team as a primary resource for students to build a sense of home and support community connections and involvement. Students interested in this position should be on the lookout for RA Info Sessions in November.

Hall Council Member: A great way to have a voice and action in our Cultural Crossroads community. More information about Hall Council will be available at the beginning of the fall semester.

EVENTS

Just a few of the great programs you can find here:

  • No English Food Truck is a traditional Cultural Crossroads event where student leaders highlight language and food from their culture. It's a great opportunity for students to connect with the Enhanced Experience Houses offered within Cultural Crossroads and to explore culture in an exciting new way.
  • Queer Prom is a collaborative event between the LGBTQIA+ Collaborative Enhanced Experience and Cultural Crossroads. An open and affirming place for all identities, Queer Prom gives students the opportunity to be fully themselves in a world that isn’t always accepting. This is a celebration of liberation and love.
  • Tool and Skill-Building Workshops are designed for Cultural Crossroads students to continue developing their personal toolbox outside of the classroom. Engaging workshops such as Astrology & Leadership, Pizza and Privilege, and How Rude Was That? allow students a space to grow as cultural citizens.

 

Locations: Austin; Living/Learning A, B, C, E; Marsh, Tupper

Please check your housing contract for more specific location information.

MEET OUR STAFF AND FACULTY

Erin BakerErin Baker
Program Director
embaker@uvm.edu

 

Liv NumaLiv Numa
Program Coordinator
onuma@uvm.edu

 

Diana FrancoDiana Franco
Program Coordinator
dsfranco@uvm.edu

 

Ingrid NelsonIngrid Nelson
Faculty Associate
ilnelson@uvm.edu

 

Kyle IkedaKyle Ikeda
Faculty Associate
kikeda@uvm.edu

 

Kimberly SpringerKimberly Springer
Area Coordinator
ksspring@uvm.edu

 

Jacob DunwiddieJacob Dunwiddie
Assistant Residence Director
jdunwidd@uvm.edu

 

Bianca RamosBianca Ramos
Assistant Residence Director
bramos@uvm.edu

 

Denis Garcia ReyesDenis Garcia Reyes
Assistant Residence Director
dgreyes@uvm.edu

 

Grace SpadoroGrace Spadoro
Assistant Residence Director
gspadoro@uvm.edu

 

Abby KelleyAbby Kelley
Office Manager
agkelley@uvm.edu

 

Brittany MooreBrittany Moore
Office Manager Assistant
bmoore7@uvm.edu
 


What excites us about Cultural Crossroads? Our students! Their drive, commitment and vision form the lifeblood of our community. This is the beauty of student-designed programs–they work because the students who build them from the ground up are invested, passionate, and eager to share and EXPAND their vision by working side-by-side with other students, faculty, staff, and community partners. The opportunity to witness and support their creative processes on such a scale (i.e. the Living/Learning model) is awe-inspiring!

INCOMING FY STUDENTS

Campus: Athletic
Buildings: Marsh, Austin, Tupper; Living/Learning A, B, C, E

TWO MAIN DESK LOCATIONS:

Marsh/Austin/Tupper Main Desk:
MAT Commons - 802.656.2901
Office Manager: 802.656.5481

 

MAT Mailing Address:
Student First and Last Name
Hall Name / Room Number (or box #)
31 Spear Street
Burlington, VT 05405

 

 

Living/Learning Main Desk:
L/L Commons - 802.656.8365
Office Manager: 802.656.8365 or 802.656.5481

 

L/L Mailing Address:
Student First and Last Name
Hall Name / Room Number (or box #)
633 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405