I AM THAT GIRL (IATG) is a student-run club at Tabor. A national organization focused on supporting female empowerment, open to both boys and girls, our chapter was founded in 2015 by Trinity Monteiro ’17. Trinity began our association by bringing the organization’s founder, Alexis Jones, to campus to speak to our students about the power of loving support of themselves and their friends. With similar missions, Tabor and IATG began a beautiful relationship. While the initial club membership included some boys eager to serve as allies, most of the membership was and remains female.
As Monteiro faced graduation after building the club through regular meetings and social media posts, she looked for new leadership to keep the Tabor Chapter alive. Emma Quirk ’20 stepped up to the role of Chapter Leader and has continued to build the momentum of the club over the last two years.
Today, Quirk’s collaborative leadership style has helped our Tabor IATG Chapter to be among the top five (out of 500 Chapters) in the organization nation-wide! With that designation, the Tabor chapter is regularly featured on the national organization’s social media channels to show how dedicated and impactful a chapter can be, adding meaning to the lives of the students they serve.
With 32 enrolled active members, IATG meets every other week after dinner. All members of the community are invited to attend their meetings. Each gathering has a theme, which helps participants to collect their thoughts in advance on a given topic. The organization’s purpose, according to their website, is “to provide leadership, social, and personal development programming to girls in high school and college…helping them to find their voice, inspire action, and make the world a better place.” Often that starts with self-love topics such as body positivity, confidence, the importance of being vulnerable and authentic. The group, supported with ideas through the national organization, discusses ways girls at Tabor can support each other and celebrate their positive actions in the community. As they discuss these topics, ideas as to how to represent their cause or help others inevitably arise. The group has discussed the “Me Too” movement, as well as participated in the March for our Lives rallies in Boston.
Quirk is especially proud of the ways the group has supported women in the community. During the holidays, participants came together to create 20 gift baskets full of health and beauty needs for women at the Sister Rose Women’s Shelter in New Bedford. She shared, "I Am That Girl/Guy has become something that I am so proud of because it has not only helped me grow, but has also strengthened the Tabor community to be more inclusive and empathetic."
As to why they were selected as one of the top 5 chapters in the nation, Quirk attributed it to the extra time they have to meet at night, while most public schools don’t have that option. “We are a dedicated group, giving our free time in the evenings to our discussions and plans. We are also eager to contribute and act, to increase our reach beyond our members. While it is important to strengthen ourselves, it is what we can do for others that most motivates the Tabor Chapter.”
We are proud of the efforts of IATG to encourage our community into positive action that supports our students’ healthy development and their understanding of their individual power to Be That Girl/Boy who supports others humanity, voice, and good deeds.