In 2018, our co-founders Emily and Ta’Sheena began Mission Menstruation at Michigan State University while completing their undergraduate degrees. Since then, MM has taken incredible strides to improve period product accessibility not only at MSU, but on campuses around Michigan. We want to shout out some of the amazing progress made by our Michigan State University advocates since MM’s founding.
So far, our Michigan State University chapter has recruited over ten passionate advocates through social media, club fairs, and rallies. These ten advocates have worked hard, and side-by-side with our national team to make tangible change in their campus community. Our MSU advocates have almost doubled the number of free product desk locations on campus since 2018. They also had the amazing opportunity to attend the bill-signing for the Tampon Tax Repeal with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and represent Mission Menstruation on a monumental day in MI history!
Lead MSU advocate, Nupur H, also worked with MSU IT to implement our free emergency menstrual hygiene products on the MSU Mobile App under the Health and Wellness section. The MSU chapter has been very encouraged by the use of the free products that they have been able to provide. Due to the success on campus, our advocates presented to the Student Allocations Board from ASMSU to receive $4,380 in funding. Moving forward, our advocates will be collaborating with organizations, such as Days for Girls, to host awareness events on campus. The Michigan State University RSO is also helping ASMSU provide free menstrual cups to students through the Campus Cup campaign.
Nupur and MM co-founder Emily are also working with Dr. Maria Molina from the MSU Department of Advertising to dedicate her ADV 845 course to developing advocacy strategies for our organization. Working with members of the campus community makes our efforts even more successful!
In addition to all of the tangible progress our MSU chapter has made over the past four years, Nupur wants to make sure the discussion around periods is normalized within the campus community. Erasing the stigma around periods and raising awareness for period poverty will help us to ultimately create an equitable environment for Spartans to feel comfortable and empowered about their bodies.
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