The Samuel Merritt University (SMU) Cloth Mask Corps launched in early April 2020 following ELMSN Assistant Professor Grace Cox’s idea to bring student, staff, and faculty volunteers together to sew cloth masks for vulnerable community members. After posing the idea, SMU community members Dr. Terry Nordstom, Vice President of Student Services; Dr. Beth Ching, OT Assistant Professor; Phyllis Carter,
Vice President of Strategy, Innovation and Operations;
and Jenna Ingalls, Director of Annual Giving, collectively organized efforts and secured donated materials to construct SMU's first batch of 500 cloth masks. The Ethnic Health Institute (EHI) reached out to community partners to identify groups in most need of masks. The first installment of mask distribution occurred week of April 27. Thank you to Che Abram, Robyn Heise, and Andrew Castro for volunteering to deliver masks to community groups in the Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco Peninsula areas.
Since the inception of this idea, there's been an outpouring of support for this effort from the SMU community.
THANK YOU SMU
for your work and support in keeping our communities safe!