Our work at Mission Menstruation is made possible by all of our amazing advocates doing the groundwork on their campuses. This year, we have expanded our existing MM x MSU Chapter while branching out to different campuses across Michigan. Keep reading to learn about our Lead Advocates and why they are so passionate about The Mission.
Jes Zechel – University of Michigan
Jes is the Lead Advocate for our newest chapter at the University of Michigan. She is a 2nd year student studying History and Sociocultural Anthropology. Jes got involved with Mission Menstruation after learning about it through her friend and MM’s Lead EMU Advocate, Aryana. She thought the mission had real value, and got in touch with the team to start her own chapter!
“A big component about why I care about MM’s mission is my experiences living on campus. This is my second year living in an all women’s dorm and it feels important to me that in a space where many people who get periods live and learn, products should be available,” she says. “I really hope that soon period products would become more accessible in communal dorm restrooms.” We are so excited to have Jes on the team and see all the amazing things the MM x U of M Chapter will accomplish! Are you a U of M student interested in getting involved in The Mission? Contact us to begin advocating with Jes on your campus!
Aryana Jharia – Eastern Michigan University
Aryana is MM’s Lead Advocate on EMU campus. She is a sophomore studying Secondary Education and English. She was connected to MM through her high school friend, Nupur, who is the Lead Advocate on the MSU campus. Aryana was inspired to get involved with Mission Menstruation due to her own experiences surrounding menstruation.
“I have always been uncomfortable with my period, menstrual cycle, and menstruating,” she says. “There are a lot of stigmas and taboos that surround menstruation, and I personally felt disconnected from myself and body because I was avoiding this part of me for a long time. However, I know I am not alone in this feeling which is comforting, but still something I want to confront!” We are so excited about Aryana’s passion for breaking stigma and look forward to the exciting things in store for EMU x MM!
Nupur Huria – Michigan State University
Nupur has been MM’s Lead Advocate at Michigan State University for a year now, and is continuing her advocacy this year! She is a sophomore studying Human Biology and Psychology. When she joined MSU last fall, Mission Menstruation had established a presence on campus and was distributing free products across 13 locations. Encouraged by their progress advocating to MSU administration’s, she contacted MM’s founders and became the next Lead Advocate for the chapter.
“I was brought up in an Indian culture that heavily stigmatizes periods, and my visits to India brought to light the social inequity and the broader public health impact of period poverty and stigma. Inspired, I co-founded a chapter of PERIOD. during high school, collecting and donating products along with participating in advocacy events. The overwhelming support from my community further fueled my passion for this cause” says Nupur. Under her direction, the MM x MSU team has tripled in size and major progress has been made with access to free products on campus. This year, Nupur is excited to connect with other organizations to host menstrual literacy events, expand free product availability for male restrooms, and promote sustainable products. The MSU x MM chapter has already done amazing work, and we can’t wait to see all they accomplish this year.
Oakland University – Are you an OU student looking to get involved with The Mission? We are actively looking for a Lead Advocate to kick start our OU x MM Chapter! Contact us at info@missionmenstruation for information on how to get started!
Not a student but passionate about period equity? Send us an email or Instagram DM to join the national team! We have a variety of positions available that can be noted under volunteer experience on your resume and Linkedin.
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