The upcoming Gender and Sexuality Conference is a remake of the previously successful and much celebrated Art of Gender in Everyday Life Conference, traditionally hosted by the Gender Resource Center. Partnering with the College of Arts of Letters allows for new and exciting opportunities that would otherwise not be possible and we are looking forward to Women's History Month 2014 and the conference with much anticipation and excitement. The 2014 Gender and Sexuality Conference will be held March 3-4, 2014, on the Idaho State University campus and we are proud to announce that Lisa M. Diamond of the University of Utah will be this year's keynote speaker. As during previous Women's History Months, we will also be hosting an art show, this year with the theme "She's Got My Back", the short film festival Lunafest, various workshops and more.
If you are interested in submitting to either the conference or art show, please see the calls for details and instructions for how to apply. More information to come soon. Click Here
A Brief History of the Anderson Center
In 1996, members of the Idaho State University Professional Women asked President Richard Bowen about establishing a women’s center. Dr. Bowen appointed Dr. Janet Anderson, Dean of Student Affairs, to head a committee that would look into the possibility. The committee completed its work and submitted a proposal to Dr. Bowen, but the Center was not funded at that time.
As Dr. Anderson prepared for her retirement in 1998, the Associated Students of ISU (ASISU) sought a fitting means through which to honor her. ASISU, led by 1997-98 President Shane Ostermeier, chose to fund a Center through student fees. The Janet C. Anderson Resource Center opened in its permanent space in Graveley Hall in October 1998. Graveley Hall is named in honor of Lottie M. Graveley,
Since that time, the Anderson Center has experienced much growth. In December 1999, the Center established the Project Hope Advocacy Program through a grant from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women. Following a grant renewal, the State Board of Education approved funding for a permanent, full-time time advocacy position in 2004. In spring 2003, the Anderson Center received grant funding from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to establish the W.I.S.E Project, an HIV prevention program for women also funded through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, joined the Anderson Center. The Anderson Center has also received funding on an on-going basis from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Rape Prevention and Education fund since spring 2003. This funding supports our Project Hope graduate assistant planning programming specifically for men, including our 1 in 4 Group.
The Center has also undergone a couple of name changes since its establishment. While originally named the Janet C. Anderson Resource Center, the name was later changed to the Janet C. Anderson Women’s and Men’s Center sometime during the 1999-2000 academic year. On December 9, 2002, President Bowen accepted a proposal by the newly-appointed Director, Rebecca Morrow, to amend the Anderson Center’s official name to the Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center. This was an important change as the inclusion of the word "gender" more accurately defines the specific focus of the Anderson Center. It also underscores the central importance of the Center’s recognition that both men and women should be involved in any dialogue concerning the construction of gender. We at the Anderson Center have worked hard to make it known as a place that is open to anyone who shares in our curiosity about women’s and men’s lives in our society today.
LOTTIE M. GRAVELEY
Marva Graveley (née Johnston) was a native of Posey County, Indiana.
She was educated in Indiana and Kansas. On August 13, 1895, she married
John G. H. Graveley. The couple resided in Kansas until a 1902 move to
Mountain Home, Idaho which was then followed by a move to Boise in 1903.
Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Graveley was a strong supporter of education. She taught for several years in Kansas and served as Treasurer for the Boise School Board. In 1919, Mrs. Graveley was appointed to the Idaho State Board of Education where she served two terms, extending her tenure through 1929. She was the first woman to serve on the Board.
Mrs. Graveley died in 1939. During that same year, the Lovering Construction Company of Pocatello and St. Paul, Minnesota, completed Graveley Hall on the Idaho State University campus. The hall was dedicated in honor of Mrs. Graveley on February 21, The total cost of construction for the building was $251,000.
According to the 1940 Wickiup, “November 11 marked the opening of this new girls’ dormitory. Open house and an informal dance was (sic) held just before Christmas. A serenade of all the men’s dorms and the Sweetheart Formal were the big events of the year.”
Each year, Anderson Center takes part in commemorating nationally-designated months and events designed to drawn attention to particular gender-related issues. The Center organizes special activities to mark theme-related months throughout the year, including Heart Health and Dating Violence Awareness Month (both February), Women’s History Month (March), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month (both October) and special days such as Positive Body Image (late February) National Coming Out Day (October 11) and World AIDS Day (December 1). The Center also hosts discussion groups and sponsors entertainment-oriented events. Staff members are available to give presentations on such topics as domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, healthy relationships, HIV/AIDS (including prevention) and diversity, as well as others. For a calendar of what’s coming up, check out our calendar page.
SUPPORT OF GENDER-RELATED RESEARCH:
The Anderson Center will host The Art of Gender in Everyday Life IX, a Multidisciplinary Conference on March7-9, 2012. For the Call for Papers and a complete schedule of events, check out our home page or calendar of events page.
The Anderson Center sponsors lectures by nationally-known figures on an irregular basis. On December 11, 2002, Brett Sokolow presented an interactive talk entitled, “He Said/She Said.” On April 24, 2003, Katie Koestner gave the address at our annual Take Back the Night event. The Anderson Center co-hosted a March 6, 2004, visit by the Guerrilla Girls and a March 4, 2005, screening and lecture by filmmaker Lourdes Portillo. On March 30, 2006, the Center co-sponsored Barbara Ehrenreich’s visit to ISU. In April 2007, the Anderson Center co-sponsored workshops by Dr. Bernice Sandler. Dr. Tania Modleski in March 2008 and Dr. Emily Toth, “Ms. Mentor” of The Chronicle of Higher Education in March 2009.
The Anderson Center Library holds books, magazines and pamphlets on a variety of gender-related topics. These materials can be borrowed through the main office in Graveley Hall, Room 114, for a period of up to one month. For a complete interactive catalogue of our Library Click Here
The Anderson Center is open to all, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, ethnic or cultural background, religion, abilities or age – everyone is welcome! The opportunities at the Center are limited only by the imaginations of those who choose to participate. We have a dedicated corps of student, staff and faculty volunteers who help to develop and facilitate new activities and events. We also have interns and practicum students who receive credit for their work at the Center, as well as work-study student employees.
CONTACT THE ANDERSON CENTER
We want to hear your comments, questions and suggestions.
Visit us at: Graveley Hall North, 1st floor
Call us at: 208-282-2805
Send us mail at: Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID 83209-8141
Meet The Staff
Mireya grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho. She is studying health sciences and is in the respiratory therapy program. She is very active on campus and serves as the President for Business Professionals of America (BPA) and an Idaho State University Emissary. She has studied abroad in Spain, participated in the Alternative Spring Break San Francisco, and served on the BPA State of Idaho – State Officer Team. Her true passion is spending quality time with her family and traveling.
Jessica is majoring in social work with a minor in women’s studies. She is on the executive of the Sexuality and Gender Alliance as well as the Feminist Alliance here on the ISU campus. Jessica is also a campus representative and safesite for the Great American Condom Campaign as well as the Bedsider campaign and is a youth advocate for the 1in3 Campaign. She enjoys going to conferences, shows and having movie marathons.
Anderson Center: Grant Writer
I grew up in Newport Beach California but my entire family is from Idaho. I love and miss everything about the ocean and love the green outdoors of Idaho. I love to cook and adore seafood and of course potatoes. I like to try food from different cultures but never have and never will like jello with vegetables.
My greatest love is traveling and have had the opportunity to go to many wonderful places all over the World from Hawaii to Turkey. There is no better feeling than to get off a plane or boat in a new place and met the local people. I developed my love of travel form my grandmother.
My parents graduated from ISU, so I returned and graduated in 2003 with a B.B.A. in marketing. I am excited to be back on campus. There is something so familiar about walking toward the clock tower of Pond Student Union from the farthest parking spot in the lot.