Sophomore class dean Rebecca Parente is very passionate about the power of programming to bring about change. In the fall, she structured Healthy Relationships Week for the students. This winter, she turned her focus to a program around the theme of “Girls Support Girls.”
On February 26, the entire female student body was invited to an evening to expand on the idea of how girls can best support each other. The 50+ girls attending listened to female faculty share their experiences with self-love, building resilience in the face of adversity, and thinking before speaking. After a small group exercise, the girls took some time for self-reflection and discussion. The students discovered that each of the faculty stories, and the activity experienced in the small groups, were relatable to each of them in one way or another.
The idea for this effort came from a very popular and empowering speech by professional soccer player Abby Wombach, whose commencement speech at Barnard College speaks to this idea. Wombach shared her mantra with her audience at the all-women’s college, “Her victory is your victory.” Parente took this idea as a jumping off point asking the girls present how the concept connects to their lives here at Tabor, whether it be through sports, friendships, classroom relationships, etc.
To close out the program, Parente sent the girls back to their dorms prepared to lead a discussion with those unable to attend during the evening dorm meeting. She also sent them home with a special gift, a pledge book. Her idea was inspired by a mother, showcased on social media, who told her daughter, who was being bullied by her girlfriends, to think about what made her sad and write it down in her pledge book. The pledge she asked her daughter to make was to never do those things to some one else. Natalie Nemes ’20 said the pledge book offered a powerful path toward self-reflection, providing a method to truly think about the people we want to be and how we want to be treated. Cara Jackson ’19 thought it was a great way to empower people to carry the message with them back to their dorms and throughout their everyday lives.
The overall reaction to the program was extremely positive, so much so that our girls have already asked us for another meeting soon to keep the conversation going. It is imperative to teach and guide our young female students into supportive relationships with each other, and we hope that in offering this program, they will be able to guide each other in this effort.
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