Often dismissed as powerless because they can’t vote, secondary students can actually be a strong voice for school equity. By partnering with local schools to deliver our Student Advocacy Program curriculum, CSE connects with students and engages them in a dialogue about the state of education in their community through the lenses of their experience and the direct impact on their lives. Throughout the academic year students are educated, informed, and empowered to take action in their communities. Students are also prepared to confidently have a voice in the important conversations impacting education in cities like Memphis. CSE currently facilitates our curriculum in 10 Memphis high schools, with weekly program sessions aimed at training students in advocacy, campaign planning, setting goals, public speaking, and other tools which help amplify the voices of students.

Click here to view our Spring 2018 program report. If you’re interested in being a school partner or would like more information on our student advocacy program curriculum, complete our partner interest form or contact us at

2018-19 School Partner List:

  • Bluff City High School
  • Crosstown High School
  • Fairley High School
  • Hillcrest High School
  • Martin Luther King College Preparatory High
  • Soulsville High School
  • Southwest Early College High School
  • Trezevant High School
  • Whitehaven High School


In many communities, the development of a Clergy for School Equity coalition can deliver powerful results at the district, local, and state levels. The Clergy knows the true experiences at the community level, and they have an effective ability to unite. They see firsthand the bigger picture of unequal school options and are uniquely placed to unify and lead for a positive change. In line with our mission, we will empower them by educating with information as well as holding events to connect clergy with other like-minded members.


CSE’s 2018 Priorities outline a list of priorities on education equity and access for students of color and low-income students in Tennessee as it relates to student achievement, access to high quality education options, school discipline, and student centered funding.

Click here to download the report or view our publication below.