Menstruation is a natural biological process experienced by half of the world’s population. However, the lack of access to affordable menstrual products can have profound effects on the lives of those who menstruate. College students everywhere are recognizing this issue and how powerful their voices can be towards creating change on campus.
Does this sound like you? Are you passionate about menstrual equity and making a difference on your campus? Starting a Mission Menstruation chapter at your university is a powerful way to use your voice as a student to push period equity forward. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps of establishing a chapter and how to get involved with our existing chapters.
Understand our approach.
Mission Menstruation seeks to hold academic institutions accountable for the responsibility of providing free period products to its students. Our main purpose is to advocate for institutional change, rather than directly provide period products ourselves. Your work with MM will be more aligned with negotiating with administrators, hosting events, creating petitions/proposals, applying for funding and organizing your team.
Reach out to us!
There are multiple ways you can get in touch with us to start your chapter. First, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following: a resume, where you go to school (where you would like to start a chapter), what interests you about MM, and times over the next two weeks you are available to interview.
You can also use the “contact” tab on our website or send us a DM on Instagram about your interest in starting a chapter!
Get connected to our network of resources.
The MM national team works to provide Advocates with a variety of virtual resources for starting your chapters. We have a network of existing student Advocates to connect you with so you have a team to work with while recruiting students at your school. You’ll even have quarterly progress meetings and be invited to our all staff meetings to learn more about how we operate and hear about further professional development opportunities within our organization!
Now, you are ready to lead your chapter through a successful year of advocating for period equity on campus! To do so will require multiple iterations of our 5-step plan, the true grassroots work required to push for institutional change. Return to this regularly to remember the full scope of the advocacy process.
By starting a Mission Menstruation chapter at your university, you have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of students who menstruate. You can work towards achieving menstrual equity on campus and raise awareness about the importance of free period products. Change starts with a passionate group of individuals, no matter how small, dedicated to creating a more equitable world. Join Mission Menstruation today, and together, we can transform universities into spaces where gender equity is a priority.
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