California State University announced Monday a donation of 50,000 face masks from Magic Ice Cube and Imagen/SanGuard that will be distributed to 21 of the system’s designated Hispanic-Serving Institution campuses to protect a community that has been among the most impacted by the coronavirus.
“Protecting the health and safety of our students and employees, while ensuring that students maintain progress toward degree completion have been our two university-wide priorities throughout the pandemic, and this gift will allow us to continue to accomplish both,” CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White said in a statement.
According to the CSU, the allotment of 50,000 face masks was made possible by Virginia Madueno, an employee of Imagen/SanGuard who is an alumna of Cal State Stanislaus, and Magic Ice Cube founder Rudy Rong. Both firms work to connect public and private health care providers across the country with a reliable supply chain of high-quality personal protective equipment.
“Magic Ice Cube Founder Rudy Rong and I are both immigrants, and we had the opportunity to earn a quality education in California, and thus know how important higher education is, and the value of continued learning given this unusual time with COVID-19,” Madueno said. “Our goal is to help provide yet another level of protection for some of the hardest-hit communities throughout California, served by the California State University and those campuses designated as HSIs.”