EMU Changing the Cycle is a student-led program providing free, accessible menstrual products to members of the Eastern Michigan University campus community. Period poverty significantly impacts college students, particularly women of color, and first generation college students, and a recent survey suggests that COVID-19 has increased this impact significantly. In 2021, there was a 75% increase in people having to use substitute products (like socks, rags, or toilet paper) in place of real period products compared to 2018. This can lead to health problems as well as missed classes and work shifts (not to mention embarrassment) when these makeshift solutions fail to prevent leaks.
EMU Changing the Cycle provides these products for free for anyone who needs them, alleviating the financial burden of having to purchase period products, and allowing everyone to easily access products in the buildings where they learn and work without stigma or shame. We currently only have dispensers in 8 of the 122 buildings on campus. Your gifts to this project will help us purchase additional dispensers to be installed across campus as well as purchase products in bulk to keep the dispensers stocked.