Gender Equity Resources

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference is committed to the principle that every student-athlete should have a fair opportunity to compete in athletics and learn from the value of sport. 

This principle will only be achieved when there is true equality of opportunity to participate in sport and athletics. Student participation in an MCAC college athletic program is an extension of and integral part of the educational experience for Minnesota State system students who elect to become student-athletes. These educational and developmental experiences should not be reduced in scale or significance by any disparities which limit the participation of any athlete.

It is the belief of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference that gender equity is more than being in compliance with the law. It is a commitment to do what is right and fair for all student-athletes, coaches and programs. This commitment includes the creation of an atmosphere and culture where opportunities and resources are distributed fairly all student-athletes, regardless of gender, resulting in a framework where no person experiences discrimination on the basis of gender.

It is the position of the Minnesota College Athletic Conference that its member schools must monitor their athletic programs to ensure that athletic offerings are equitable and meet the interests and abilities of student-athletes.

While the Minnesota College Athletic Conference does not have the authority to provide specific interpretations or to rule on compliance issues regarding Title IX, the MCAC does believe that all concerned should take the requisite steps to ensure that the spirit and intent of gender equity, as well as legal compliance, is met by all member college athletic programs. 

To assist in the pursuit of gender equity, please visit the resources below.  Additionally, please use this link to contact our office with additional suggestions for resources or educational opportunities.  

The Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport

The Women's Sports Foundation

NJCAA Trailblazers Press Release