No period poverty at WSU; it’s all free now, guys


Campus Reform reports: Quote.

In an effort to demonstrate its ?commitment to inclusivity,? Washington State University has begun stocking men?s restrooms with free menstrual products.

The initiative is one of many focusing on ?improving the transgender community experience on campus,? and is currently being tested in three restrooms on the Pullman, Wash. campus. The university is in the process of ?assessing similar needs? at other WSU campuses to determine which men?s rooms will receive new accommodations. End quote.

Free shaving foam and safety razors in the women’s? (At least they could find a use for that!) Quote.

Additional changes include allowing students to choose a name other than their legal name for their student identification card and a new policy requiring all new buildings to have gender-neutral single-user restrooms. Some individuals found the practice of requiring a legal name on student identification cards ?alienating? for transgender students who use chosen names.

?Affirming folks? identities on their CougarCard is a really big piece for us,? Director of WSU Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center Matthew Jeffries, who also co-chairs the Gender Inclusive and Trans* Support Working Group, a function of WSU?s Campus Culture & Climate Initiative, said. Jeffries? working group has been tasked with addressing ?inequities? on WSU campuses through collaboration with departments and other university entities. End quote.

Imagine the satisfaction he must feel each night, going home after chairing the?Gender Inclusive and Trans* Support Working Group as?Director of WSU Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center. Quote.

“Throughout the system, students are coming forward and advocating for change,? Nolan Yaws-Gonzalez, assistant director of WSU Vancouver Student Center, said. ?We?re going to make changes that impact the whole system.?

?Affirming folks? identities…is a really big piece for us.”

However, not all students see these changes as productive. WSU College Republicans President Amir Rezamand told Campus Reform Friday that he found the idea of stocking men?s restrooms with tampons and sanitary napkins ?pretty ridiculous,? so much so that he feels it is ?indicative that we live in a clown world.? End quote.

I could not resist, I looked up Matthew’s bio: Quote.

Matthew Jeffries (he, him, his) serves as the director for the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center at Washington State University. In this role, he supports system-level change and six campuses in their creation and implementation of LGBTQ+ affirming policies and procedures. Additionally, he supports students and channels their energy for activism into tangible, material change. Prior to this role, he worked in academic advising, new student programs, and residence life. Matthew?s NASPA volunteer experience began at the regional level where he served as the MultiRacial KC (MRKC) regional representative. This role led to roles as chair of the Region V Scholarship Committee, Region V KC Co-Coordinator, Gender and Sexuality KC regional representative, and MRKC Co-Chair. An active scholar-practitioner, Matthew?s research agenda includes equity work, critical hope, and gender inclusive housing. Recent research projects include: Understanding the LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Experience at a Rural, Land Grant Institution, Understanding How Diverse Students in STEM Experience Their Classes and Labs, and Destabilizing Gender Inclusive Housing: A Feminist Poststructural Discourse Analysis. Matthew earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Ohio University, a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education from Washington State University. End quote.

I’d employ him in a heartbeat if I had a dog and a kennel that needed cleaning.

“Gender inclusive housing”?? I think I have one of those.? It, currently, has a male and a female living in it and quite peaceably getting along.