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Project M.E. 

Project M.E. promotes menstrual equity at the University of Northern Colorado by increasing access to menstrual products, and decreasing barriers. Through the Center for Women’s and Gender Equity, Project M.E. offers students free menstrual products such as liners, pads, tampons, and menstrual cups.

M.E. Pack orders placed between December 12, 2022 -January 6, 2023 will be fulfilled after January 6th! If you don't get the chance to place an order before December 2nd, we will be accepting walk in orders throughout finals week!

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Why Menstrual Equity?

  • 1 in 10 college students have experienced period poverty. (Cardoso et al., 2021)
  • In a 2021 study published in BMC Women's Health, it was revealed that Black and Latina women reported experiencing the highest rates of period poverty among those sampled. (Cardoso et al., 2021) 
  • According to a 2021 study titled State of the Period conducted by THINX and PERIOD., nearly 25% of students reported struggling to access menstrual products. In addition, 51% of students also reported wearing products for longer than recommended.
  • THINX & PERIOD.'s 2019 State of the Period revealed that 4 in 5 students reported missing class or knowing someone who had missed class, due to not having access to menstrual products.
  • In a 2019 study that surveyed low-income women in St. Louis, Missouri, it was shown that 64% of participants were unable to afford menstrual products during the previous year, and one-fifth of women experienced this monthly.46% of the women surveyed could not afford to purchase both food and menstrual products during the past year.  (Sebert Kuhlmann et al., 2019)

Sources:

Cardoso, L.F., Scolese, A.M., Hamidaddin, A. et al. Period poverty and mental health implications among college-aged women in the United States. BMC Women's Health 21, 14 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-020-01149-5   

PERIOD, & THINKX. (2021, May 2). State of the Period 2021. PERIOD.Org. Retrieved May 2022, from https://period.org/uploads/State-of-the-Period-2021.pdf.    

PERIOD, & THINKX. (2019). State of the Period. The Policy Project. Retrieved May 2022, from https://period.org/uploads/State-of-the-Period-2021.pdf.

Sebert Kuhlmann, A., Peters Bergquist, E., Danjoint, D., & Wall, L. L. (2019). Unmet Menstrual Hygiene Needs Among Low-Income Women. Obstetrics and gynecology, 133(2), 238–244. https://doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0000000000003060  

How Can I Access Free Menstrual Products at UNC?

On-Campus Dispensers

Certain menstrual product dispensers have been converted from a cost system to a free system in bathrooms across UNC’s Campus.

Free Menstrual Products

Menstrual Product Packs (M.E. Packs)

Order a free, bulk, and customizable menstrual product pack! M.E. Packs can be picked up from the CWGE, delivered to a residence hall, or mailed to an off-campus residence free of charge. To order a M.E. Pack, click the link, stop by Scott-Willcoxon Hall to place a walk-in order, or call the CWGE at (970) 351-1492. 

Order a m.e. pack

Project M.E. Pack

Email the CWGE cwge@unco.edu to request one of our sustainable products.

Small or Large “June” Menstrual Cup

Menstrual cup frequently asked questions
  • What are Project M.E.’s Goals?
    • To convert the menstrual product dispensers on campus from a coin-operated model to a free model.
    • To provide free bulk menstrual product packs to students in need.
    • To promote inclusivity by advocating for the installment of menstrual product dispensers into gender neutral bathrooms.
    • To educate UNC students about reproductive health and menstruation.
    • To promote access to sustainable menstrual products and educate around menstrual equity and sustainability.
  • Project M.E. Impact
    • 380 M.E. Packs, and 10,408 units of product were provided to UNC Students during the 2021-2022 Academic Year.
    • Student testimonials:
      • “I rely a lot on Project M.E. and I am SO thankful for it. I’m so grateful for this project!” - Project M.E. user
      • “It helps so much. I struggle financially and women’s products are of high expense.” - Project M.E. user
      • “I have had one less thing to worry about and I’m not spending a long time going to the store to find what I need. They are just there when I need them.” - Project M.E. user
  • How Can I Support UNC’s Menstrual Equity Efforts

    Take the Menstrual Equity Survey

    • Spread the word! Follow us on social media and let others know about this resource. Follow the CWGE on Instagram and tag us in your posts
  • Menstrual Equity Resources
  • Request a Menstrual Equity Toolkit 
    • The CWGE has developed a toolkit for promoting menstrual equity practices. To request one, click here: Menstrual Equity Toolkit
  • Our Story 

    In the fall of 2020, Rosie Glaser, who was an undergraduate student at the time, facilitated a movement to address menstrual equity on their college campus. To begin their advocacy, they began the conversation with our campus partners at the Center for Peer Education and developed a plan to identify funding to begin implementing several ideas for addressing access to free menstrual products. After receiving funding to run a pilot program, Rosie connected with our campus Center for Women's and Gender Equity (CWGE) to further develop and implement their ideas for converting all product dispensers across campus to free dispensing and to offer free bulk products to students. From there, the CWGE became a fully invested campus partner and in the fall of 2021 began the transition of operationalizing this program into a free campus resource being facilitated out of their center. Since then, the center and its staff have focused on the sustainability and inclusivity of this initiative.

    Our story