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The Lafayette

‘Productive conversations’ held since menstrual product protest

Photo by Samuel Jackson for The Lafayette
L-RAJE collected over 45 testimonials recounting experiences with menstruation at Lafayette.

The Menstrual Equity Project appeared to receive a breath of life on Wednesday after the president of Lafayette for Reproductive Autonomy, Justice and Empowerment, or L-RAJE, indicated that a meeting between the group and college administrators was successful.

“Several productive conversations have occurred between L-RAJE and admin and an update will be released next week from admin which L-RAJE is endorsing,” wrote the L-RAJE president, Sophie Himmel ’24, in a text.

Himmel declined to provide further details. College President Nicole Hurd, who was at the meeting, did not respond to a request for comment.

The development follows a demonstration staged by L-RAJE two weeks ago to protest the college administration’s insufficient funding of the Menstrual Equity Project, which provides free menstrual products in campus restrooms. In the weeks surrounding the protest, a petition was created by L-RAJE, which amassed approximately 500 signatures according to Rebekah Lazar ’26, the L-RAJE vice president of programming.

The protest called on the college to enshrine the Menstrual Equity Project in the campus master plan, provide a concrete timeline for funding the program and establish an endowment fund that supports women’s equity.

Lazar added that 45 students submitted testimonials about their campus menstrual experiences to L-RAJE within 48 hours of them being solicited.

Protesters also demanded $6,000 to fund the Menstrual Equity Project for one year, in addition to the $2,000 gift fund for the Menstrual Equity Project already offered by Sarah Moschenross, the vice president for student life and Nicole Eramo, the college president’s chief of staff.

Since the protest, “nothing has changed on the student life front,” according to Moschenross. “We remain supportive of menstrual equity and have demonstrated that support by funding and filling dispensers throughout the year, as well as remaining in open dialogue with leaders of L-RAJE.”

Eramo did not respond to several requests for comment.

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