Orlando, Fla. — The University of Central Florida is hiring dozens of students to fill a brand-new role on campus.
They’re called “Armor Up” ambassadors.
The student ambassadors are positioned at the threshold of high-traffic areas including the library and Student Union to ensure visitors are adhering to UCF’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Armed with a backpack full of face masks, hand sanitizer and touchless door pulls, the ambassadors will check if students are wearing face coverings, staying physically distanced and have completed the daily COVID Self-Checker in the university’s mobile app.
“These items really reinforce those positive health behaviors while helping them reduce risk,” says Maureen Hawkins, director of Wellness and Health Promotion Services at UCF.
Hawkins tells WDBO the program has received positive feedback on campus.
“Students are grateful, they’re grateful to see them out and about, grateful for the additional self-care items,” Hawkins says.
In all, 60 students will be hired part-time for the job, with at least half already filled.
The positions pay $10 per hour, which UCF says helps “fill the gap” for a student workforce facing a limited number of employment opportunities due to the coronavirus.
The program is funded through UCF’s institutional portion of the federal CARES Act.