The Menstrual Product Program (MPP) is a program that serves to provide free menstrual products to our campus community. First developed in collaboration between Student Government Association’s (SGA)’s Cultural and Diversity Affairs Committee (CDAC) and the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology (WST), CDAC and WST secured ~$30,000 in spring 2019 for MPP through grant funding from Gift to Tech. MPP began being piloted in spring 2020; however, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to the initiative’s progress. During 2021-2022, SGA’s new Public Health Committee has worked with GT Facilities to stock biodegradable and organic menstrual hygiene products from the organization Aunt Flow at various locations. At the end of the 2022 academic year, the Public Health Committee presented a report of the pilot program to administration who then approved for the institutionalization of MPP. Since then, the program has only been growing with the continued diligence of SGA student leaders.
Here are the 2 fundamental goals that have guided the creation and implementation of MPP:
- Make free menstrual hygiene products available in all campus restrooms (men’s, women’s, and gender-neutral) to promote inclusive menstrual equity for all individuals who menstruate.
- Attain long-term funding from Georgia Tech so that the goal of inclusive menstrual equity may be achieved on a campus-wide scale