The gist

A pilot program from The University of Texas will specialize in improving safety and cleanliness in the West Campus neighborhood of Austin.

Zooming in

The West Campus Ambassadors program will consist of of two teams—the safety ambassadors and the cleaning ambassadors.

Safety ambassadors will be in West Campus from 3:30 p.m.-3 a.m. and can escort residents in the late evening, monitor the area and work with law enforcement. Cleaning ambassadors will be in West Campus from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and will collect trash, remove graffiti, provide directions and outreach to the homeless population.

What they're saying

"This is one way for UT to do our part to improve the area, enriching the living and learning experiences of the university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors," UT President Jay Hartzell said in a news release.

The West Campus Ambassadors can be reached by their hotline at 512-429-3278. For more information, visit