Campus Walk needs to raise profile

Campus Walk volunteers ensure that students arrive at their location on campus safely. (Veronica Appia) Campus Walk volunteers ensure that students arrive at their location on campus safely. (Veronica Appia)
By Veronica Appia

They’re red, they’re everywhere, but no one knows them.

Campus Walk is  a service provided by Humber College for students  wanting an accompanied walk to any location on campus. Campus Walk volunteers wear red vests.

Volunteer Co-ordinator Matthew Allen, 20, third year Justice Studies student said that’s not their only duty.

“We want them to be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary on campus, or (any) suspicious activity,” said Allen.

Panhandlers and people from organizations outside of Humber would come to campus looking for donations from students, he said.

Allen said suspicious situations happened often when he worked on campus during pub nights.

“(It was a) common procedure (when these situations occurred) for people to go back to the Humber campus, because everything is monitored at Humber… We want people to retreat to a safe environment and call security,” said Allen.

Rob Kilfoyle, director of Public Safety at Humber North campus, said Campus Walk is one piece of Humber’s overall security operation.

“The Campus Walk Program isn’t highly utilized,” said Kilfoyle. “That’s also a reflection of how people feel on campus.”

For Humber students however, lack of utilization may have less to do with safety and more to do with visibility.

“They wear yellow, right?” said former Humber student Nicholas Di Prospero, 24.

“If the (Campus Walk) uniforms were yellow, it would be better,” said Business Marketing student Dave Thaker, 19. “It’s bright. It stands out more.”

The volunteers for Campus Walk are chosen based on resumés and applications from Humber students. Although many of the volunteers come from the Justice Studies program, applications are open to students from all disciplines, Allen said.

“(Campus Walk) is based on the safety in numbers principle,” said Kilfoyle. “(Volunteers) are not taught self-defence or anything like that because that’s not their job. Their job is to provide a safe walk and contact help if something is needed.”

Moving forward, Campus Walk needs to focus more on promotion, advertising and public awareness, said Allen.

“I think we really need to get the name out there,” said Allen. “We need to promote Campus Walk a lot more so that when people see a group of (volunteers) wearing red, they know it’s Campus Walk and they know what Campus Walk is.”