Communities for Equity (CFE) is a Michigan-based, multi-issue, volunteer-driven, advocacy organization that serves as a voice for female athletes. CFE works together with policy makers, schools, community organizations, and the public to improve current middle school and high school athletic programs. Most importantly, CFE strives to improve the quality of life for all athletes in the state of Michigan. As the organization's guiding mission, CFE supports equity in Michigan athletics through advocacy and by providing educational resources to female athletes, their parents, and schools in order to assist in the enforcement of and/or compliance with the laws and policies requiring athletic equity.
CFE intends to be a vital statewide resource and advocate for athletic equity. CFE also intends to serve as an ongoing clearinghouse of resources and information to communities, emphasizing outreach and education, awareness building, and advocacy for compliance with, or creation of public policies. CFE will work with schools and support parents and athletes in evaluating and changing school programs to increase athletic equity. In addition, CFE will offer advice on cases and trends concerning athletic equity, provide resource information on available legal counsel when asked, and seek legal remedies when all other options have been exhausted.
CFE's primary goals include educating the public about Title IX compliance; raising visibility of the issue of athletic equity in Michigan; forming statewide and national alliances; increasing involvement of area women business leaders; engaging the support and active participation of well-known female athletes; advocating for persons facing discrimination; and lobbying for policy changes to correct existing inequities.
Overall, CFE believes that every girl in the state of Michigan is entitled to equitable opportunity and treatment in school-sponsored athletics. Together with parents, coaches, athletic directors, athletes, superintendents, and other policy makers, CFE will continue to work toward narrowing the gender gap. As a result of CFE's efforts, both female and male athletes will enjoy the benefits of athletic equity. As a result of athletic equity, female athletes, in particular, will grow in self-esteem and confidence, achieve greater success in life, and be well-equipped to participate as community leaders of the future.
of CFE and Community Accomplishments
Since 1994, CFE and its members have greatly impacted how high school athletics are perceived in the state of Michigan. Several positive changes have resulted because of CFE's persistence in achieving its mission. Here are just a few examples of CFE's ongoing activities and accomplishments:
To read the Court's full opinion, please go to www.miwd.uscourts.gov and look for CFE v. MHSAA under "high profile" cases."