About the Anderson Center
The Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center was named after a popular Dean of Student Affairs. She was accorded this honor shortly before her retirement in 1998, at the request of ISU student leaders, who had appropriated student fees for the center's inception. The center was originally called the Janet C. Anderson Resource Center in 1998, then changed to the Janet C. Anderson Men and Women's Center in 1999, and finally to the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center (GRC) in 2002.
The GRC focuses on gender issues and brings education, training, and programing to the ISU campus. Each semester the center hosts lunchtime talks, workshops, film screenings, panel discussions, art shows and other interesting and relevant programing related to gender topics and issues to campus. The center invites students, staff, faculty and the community to participate and learn about interesting and exciting topics.
Along with education, training and programing the center hosts an annual academic conference and an on-going bystander intervention program called Green Dot.
The Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life Conference is an annual event hosted by the GRC and the ISU College of Arts & Letters. The conference focuses on how ideas and stereotypes concerning gender and sexuality roles shape and influence various aspects of our daily lives. By acknowledging these roles, we can begin to break down some of the barriers they constitute and move towards awareness and open dialogue. Participants present research on gender and sexuality related topics.
The Green Dot Bystander Intervention Program is a national program that promotes leaders in communities like Idaho State University to become involved in creating a culture that does not tolerate violence of any kind. The GRC has certified trainers that work with students, faculty, and staff and train them in "Live the Green Dot." Green Dot focuses on strategies to be active bystanders, with bystander safety being paramount, to do something rather than nothing. Statistics show that when an act of violence occurs, 60% of the time there are bystanders nearby that can intervene but usually do nothing. Green Dot research shows that 20% of leaders trained in a Green Dot can influence the remaining 80% in a community to change the culture and to not accept power based personal violence of any kind: bullying, inappropriate comments, dating violence, stalking, etc.!
Janet C. Anderson was liked by students because she was approachable and always made them feel accepted and important. The center hopes to continue that legacy by creating a space to educate the ISU community to be open to ideas and accepting of each other and our diversity.