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Risk Management hires students as public health ambassadors

The Department of Risk Management, in collaboration with the Department of Student Life, recently hired student employees to serve as public health ambassadors on the Denton campus.

Public health ambassadors are assigned to areas across campus to engage TWU students, faculty, staff and community members in friendly, informative dialogue to encourage compliance with TWU and public health recommendations, including:

  • Wearing face coverings while inside buildings
  • Practicing hand hygiene
  • Physically distancing themselves from others to help combat the spread of COVID-19

Public health ambassadors will monitor various high-traffic buildings around the Denton campus and will attend approved university events to serve as additional support to help promote public health compliance.

Students serving as public health ambassadors are:

  • Bethany Barker, a first-year student majoring in music/theater, EC-12 teacher certification
  • Essence Beverly, a junior majoring in child development
  • Divine Bila, a senior majoring in business, human resource management
  • Ifeoma Mbue, a junior majoring in biology, pre-med
  • Dristi Shrestha, a junior majoring in business, marketing

A few openings remain, according to Kelsey Griffith, an environmental health and safety specialist with TWU Risk Management.

As currently enrolled students, public health ambassadors will provide a unique peer-to-peer influence over fellow TWU students through their commitment to practicing and modeling healthy behavior on campus. The ambassadors also are able to assist in contactless courtesy checks for individuals following on-campus isolation or quarantine procedures.

The TWU Department of Risk Management works to minimize risk exposure to the physical, human, fiscal, and environmental resources at TWU by identifying risks to which the university may be exposed, eliminating unnecessary or unreasonable risk exposures, implementing control measures to minimize the frequency, impact and severity of incidents that are unavoidable, and responding to incidents that occur. For more information on the public health ambassador program, contact Griffith (kgriffith6@twu.edu) or Hope Zavalin (hzavalin@twu.edu) in the Department of Risk Management.