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Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center

About the Anderson Center

Janet C. Anderson:

The Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center(GRC) 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 focus is to provide education and programs to students, staff and faculty and to provide a space to explore the ways gender and sexuality impact our lives and our interactions with others and the world we live in.

The GRC strives to develop a supportive and inclusive community that understands the intersections of gender and sexuality. The GRC provides learning opportunities to engage students, faculty and staff in creating a successful and rewarding university experience at Idaho State University. The programming that the GRC offers is to expand knowledge on gender and sexuality and promote healthy relationships and build a strong community of individuals who care and support each other with compassion. We invite you to attend GRC events, including a Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium, our annual Positive Body Image Symposium and our on-going campus wide trainings for Green Dot Bystander Intervention and Intervene Bystander Training. We provide consent training for all students and education on healthy relationships.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium invites experts, service providers and law enforcement to present on current human trafficking information and resources. President Satterlee signed a proclamation, through the US institute Against Human Trafficking, declaring campus a no traffic zone.

The Positive Body Image Symposium is an event held in spring semester.  The symposium features renowned researchers and lectures with expertise in different types of body image related topics.  

The Intervene Bystander Intervention training program developed through Cornell University. It uses video scenarios to show a variety of situations that bystanders may encounter. There is an hour long presentation and group discussion to discuss tools to intervene.

Consent training and healthy relationship education provides students with information needed to make good decisions through understanding the legal definition of consent and navigating what is needed to gain consent. Healthy relationships are important for students to build and encourage open communication skills. Building an understanding of what is necessary for a healthy relationship gives students tools and resources to make positive decisions throughout their college experience.

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.