Some bathrooms on the Mount Vernon Campus will soon be stocked with menstrual hygiene products.
Students who operate People for Periods, a Student Association initiative launched last year that stocks some campus bathrooms with pads and tampons every other Wednesday, will expand for the first time to the Vern next semester. Volunteers will fill shelves in the bathrooms of Ames Hall, in addition to the project’s four current locations in District House, the Elliott School of International Affairs, Gelman Library and the Milken Institute School of Public Health, according to a post on the project’s Facebook page.
SA Sen. Amy Martin, ESIA-U and the head of People for Periods, said members of the Division of Operations installed shelves in Ames Hall bathrooms, and SA leaders recruited volunteers who live on the Vern to fill baskets.
Martin said the initiative’s expansion is a step toward stocking bathrooms in all public buildings on campus. By expanding to the Vern, she said officials understand that pads and tampons are necessary for all students who menstruate, especially if students cannot regularly afford the items or need to quickly retrieve products in the middle of class.
“It’s something the University has the capability to address, and even though this is a student-run program, the fact that they’re willing to support it and expand is really hopeful to me,” she said.