KPHS Affinity Group Hosts Entrepreneur Monique Garcia
Entrepreneur Monique Garcia, the owner of Browstetics, met with King Philip’s Affinity Group on March 28. (Photo courtesy King Philip Regional School District)
On Monday, March 28, the King Philip Regional High School Affinity Group hosted entrepreneur Monique Garcia. Over 30 students joined the Affinity Group in the high school’s library media center to meet and speak with Garcia.
Garcia is an entrepreneur who moved to Massachusetts five years ago and built a successful business from scratch as a cosmetic tattoo artist. Her company, Browstetics, has serviced thousands of clients throughout the New England region and recently launched a training academy. She is a first-generation college graduate who believes in conquering fears, taking risks and creating the life you dream of.
As part of their discussion, Garcia spoke about living your dream, believing in yourself and walking into a room as if you own it. Students also had the opportunity to ask questions during her visit.
“Monique’s visit to our school and discussion with the Affinity Group provided valuable insight into what it takes to achieve your dreams, regardless of any obstacle or barrier that students believe will hinder their success,” King Philip Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Jessica Pepple said. “Her story is extremely admirable and we hope that the students will use it as a guide on their own path to success.”
King Philip’s Affinity Group is composed of students who self-identify as people of color (Black, Indigenous, people of color, etc.) with the intention of finding connection, support and inspiration throughout the group.
As part of their mission, the group provides a time and space for students of shared identities from different classrooms to come together in an environment where they make up the majority.
Gracia’s visit coincided with the group’s mission as it provided strategies for students to help develop healthy self-identity strategies and to build networks within and beyond the group through sharing experiences.