PSU’s unsung heroes: Janitors keep campus buildings safe during pandemic

Janitorial Supervisor Gloria Agnew


While most Portland State students, faculty and staff are at home learning and teaching remotely, one group is still on campus despite the pandemic: PSU’s janitors. These unsung heroes are busy cleaning the main campus buildings, student housing facilities, Little Vikings Daycare and the Student Rec Center.

According to Relay Resources, the nonprofit company that trains and employs PSU’s janitorial staff, employees prioritize high-touch, high-traffic areas and use a health clinic-grade cleaner  known to kill coronaviruses. Relay employs 85 PSU janitors, who clean more than 2 million square feet across 20 buildings — including libraries, research buildings and parking areas.

Mina Salihovic

Still ahead: Deep cleaning approximately 1,400 PSU dorms this summer. The Relay staff is ready.

As part of its mission, Relay Resources hires people with disabilities and other obstacles to employment like language barriers, offering them new opportunities to make a positive impact on the community and do meaningful work.

Sending out warm virtual vibes to all the committed workers at Relay, who are on the front lines helping make all of us safer. Thank you for your dedication!