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FRAMINGHAM – Sixteen individuals were named to the Framingham Public Schools Gender Equity Working Group, announced Saundra Edwards, the Manager of Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance for the public school district.

The 16 member of the group are:

  • Robert Baldwin, Executive Director, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).
  • Elizabeth Conant, Sports Management Professor, Regis College
  • Casey Diana, FHS Alum, Collegiate Athlete, Teacher/Coach at Framingham High
  • Michelle Donati, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion specialist
  • Siobhan Dutchka-Friar, DEI Committee Member, Cheerleader Mom
  • Kristen Fucarile, Framingham High Head Coach Girls’ Varsity Basketball
  • Kathleen Hauck, Framingham Parks & Recreation Commission Chair
  • Andrew Hohenstein, Sports Law and Title IX Expert
  • Kendra Howard, Marathon Runner, Running Coach, Softball Parent, Assistant Coach for Framingham Girls’ Fastpitch

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  • Selina Monestime, Framingham High basketball player
  • Christine Mulroney, Framingham Teachers’ Association President
  • Phil Napolitano, Assistant Executive Director, Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA)
  • Ashley Paulsen, Assistant Athletic Director, Framingham High School
  • Ryen Taylor, 3-sport Framingham High athlete
  • Scott Wadland, Former School Committee Member (Chair, Buildings & Grounds Subcommittee)
  • Amber Welch, 3-sport Framingham High athlete

A total of 52 people applied for the working group, said Edwards.

The goals of the working group are:

  • To offer suggestions on the Framingham High School Booster Policy for its effectiveness and impact on athletic programs.
  • To look into the creation of new sports to achieve substantial gender proportionality.
  • To examine means of procuring funds for fields, facilities and equipment.
  • To provide regular updates by the Athletics Department to report progress and successes as well as areas in need of improvement and plans for improvement.
  • To plan a city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prior to the end of the school year.

The first meeting is scheduled for Friday, March 11.

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