She’s been at home in San Jose with her parents, brother, cousin, two dogs, and pet chickens since University of Puget Sound classes went online in March. So, when the Matelich Scholar decided to start a new project she called Mask-ER-Aid, coordinating the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) for essential workers at a nearby hospital, it felt right that it was a family effort.

That effort began long before the pandemic. “My grandma taught me how to sew when I was 4. She works at a summer camp and teaches sewing,” says Jiang. “I started out on the easy stuff. I would make stuffed animals and little phone pouches and pillows.”