Campaign asks Ducks to share why they wear a mask

Samantha Bullis, academic outreach specialist, Department of Counseling Psychology & Human Services

To promote increased mask usage as fall term approaches, the University of Oregon is asking Ducks to share why they wear a mask.

It’s part of a broad campaign by the university to build safe, healthy habits among members of the UO community — on campus and beyond — amid the global coronavirus pandemic to help get the virus in check.

The university is asking Ducks to submit a photo of themselves wearing a mask, and holding up a sign that explains that says “I wear a mask because …” followed by their motivation for doing so. 

Among those who have taken part to date include numerous faculty, students and staff members, with many including family members in their photo as well. President Michael Schill and several deans have also submitted photos with their reasons for wearing a mask. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden participated in the campaign during a recent visit to campus, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown lent her support for the effort via her Twitter account.

Signs can be downloaded, but people are also encouraged to create their own signs as well — perhaps showing some of their UO pride — anything to help spread the word and encourage others to make mask-wearing a part of their daily routine. The photos should be horizontal, and everyone in the photo should be wearing a mask.

The answers so far have ranged from following advice of health officials, to helping to protect a loved one, to once again attend sporting events in person, and the like. The university will use the images in future social media posts.

Submit a photo through this online form.