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Jahaira Bustos

Wellness Ambassador Jahaira Bustos talks about COVID and campus

Wellness ambassadors support the University of Illinois' COVID-19 educational compliance efforts by providing health resources to the university community. The College of Applied Health Sciences is proud to boast several students who are participating in the Wellness Ambassador program. Periodically, we'll speak with a student about what they have encountered in their role. Today, it's Jahaira Bustos, a student in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences.

Q: What kind of training did you receive to become a Wellness Ambassador?

A: We had a four-hour Zoom call with my bosses and they notified us of what the job was going to consist of and how we need to execute our job safely. We also (spoke) with a doctor at (the) McKinley (Health Center) who informed us about the virus and how to go about preventative behaviors. 

Q: What kind of activities are you performing while working?

A: We pass out bags that include a map of all testing sites, hand sanitizer, a flu shot flyer, a button, a mask, and sunglasses. If we spot someone who is not wearing a mask, we kindly ask them to put it on, seeing as how it is very important for them to abide by the campus protocols. 

Q: How many hours do you work a week?

A: I typically work 8-10 hours a week.

Q: Where are you stationed?

A: I have been stationed in the Union, near the (Grainger) Engineering buildings close to a testing site, on the Quad and outside of the (Student Dining and Residential Programs Building).

Q: What challenges have you faced in doing the job?

A: Some challenges I have faced are encountering the very few people who are not wearing a mask, and when asked to put one on they are very dismissive and/or respond with "I'm outside;" "My mask is in my pocket," or "I'm on the phone".

Q: What kind of reactions do you get from students or faculty when you encounter them?

A: A lot of the reactions are very appreciative; the students and faculty I have encountered know their role in how we carry out the rest of the year. By spreading that awareness and receiving that positive compliments, it makes walking in the heat worth it. 

Q: What’s the toughest part of the job?

A: The hardest part of the job is without a doubt the very stubborn individuals who are coming from Green Street or walking around the Quad without a mask despite encountering several students and faculty. Despite being in a public setting, it's very crucial to always stay covered to ensure the well-being of yourself and others.


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