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Student Life

Menstrual Equity

Menstrual equity is safe, affordable access to menstrual products. The "HCC Cares About M.E." campaign, sponsored by the Thrive Center, works to extend the essential dignity that hygiene products provide to all members of the campus community. 

Find free menstrual products at Hospitality Stations located throughout campus, listed here and indicated by the yellow stars on the map below:

  • Student Engagement (CC 227)
  • Thrive (FR 233)
  • Kittredge Center, 2nd floor lobby
  • Library (DON 202)
  • The Office for Students with Disabilities & Deaf Services (DON 147)
  • Pathways (Frost 264)
  • Radio Station (DON 101)
  • STEM Starter Academy (Marieb 141)
  • Student Affairs (Frost 224)

Coming soon

  • Bartley Center
  • CAPS Center

A campus map of HCC with yellow stars identifying the Student Engagement office and Thrive Center


According to the United Nations, access to menstrual products is a human right. Safe menstrual products are essential to everyday life. When a person can't afford menstrual products, their quality of life suffers drastically. Lack of access to menstrual products causes students to skip class or drop out completely. This is a problem all over the world. Thrive is here to help! 

write to your state representative

Write to your State Representative and let them know why menstrual equity is important to you and your community. Ask them to support adding higher education institutions to the "I AM" bill, which would expand funding for menstrual products at community institutions. 

volunteer with thrive

HCC's Thrive Center is a one-stop center offering free services for campus community members who need help with resources and managing their finances. Thrive provides:

  • Free, confidential applications for MASSHEALTH and SNAP
  • Free financial coaching, budget planning, and assistance establishing or fixing credit
  • Access to housing and food resources

Thrive also provides access to the HCC Food Pantry, the Career Closet, and referrals to other community resources such as housing, Community Legal Aid, and VITA (free tax prep). 

Do you want to gain meaningful experience in humanitarian services and powerful knowledge about basic needs insecurities in your community? Contact the Thrive office and say, "I want to volunteer!" 

Rosemary Fiedler
FR 233
413.552.2785
rfiedler@hcc.edu

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