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Below you will find answers to some commonly asked questions about the Gender Equity Center. Do you have a question you don’t see answered here? Please email us at womenscenter@boisestate.edu and we will do our best to answer your questions!

What is the Gender Equity Center?

The Gender Equity Center is a safe space on campus open to all students, faculty and staff to do homework, have student group or org meetings, or just relax between classes.  There are two lounges, one of which is reservable, and a reservable lactation room.  We offer support services for students experiencing any barriers and for folks wanting to talk about their relationships.  Our office is composed of three professional staff who provide these services and six student employees who provide educational outreach to people across campus through programs and trainings. – Bri

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Why isn’t there a men’s center? Is it just for women?

The term ‘women’s center’ has historical context that is important in the work that we do. Women’s centers emerged as places where oppressed groups could find comfort and rally their efforts to advocate for the issues that affected them, but were often ignored by other institutional efforts. The Gender Equity Centeron campus is for students of all genders, and definitely works to bring awareness to how the historical inequities of several identity groups have continued to this day. We advocate for a more equitable educational experience for all students, being inclusive of the intersections of gender, age, race, religion, and so on. – James

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What sorts of things does the Gender Equity Center do on campus?

The Gender Equity Center does lots of things! For all folks, not just for women. The center hosts several events and workshops on the Boise State campus pertaining to ally trainings, bystander invention trainings, healthy relationships and other gender related topics. The center also offers multiple services for students: violence prevention and support, non-traditional student services, LBGTQIA student services and can assist any student experiencing an academic road block. The Gender Equity Center wants to help give folks a voice when they may feel like they don’t have one on this campus. Overall, the Gender Equity Center is place to help folks become stronger leaders and to promote an inclusive and diverse campus. – Megyn

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The Gender Equity Center puts on bystander intervention trainings to folks who attend school or are employed on campus.  Representatives from the Gender Equity Center table at orientations and resource fairs to invite people to get involved with our efforts.  We put on educational and artistic events where the campus community can learn about gender, sexuality, and relationships.  We are also a resource for folks who have experienced violence, stalking, or who feel threatened in their relationships. – Bri

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What can the Gender Equity Center do for me?

There are so many things that we can do for you! We put on a lot of events to expand your thinking, engage your community, and help you have fun. The center provides an area to study, to meet up with friends, to watch some TV between classes, or to talk about issues relating to gender and the human experience. Behind the scenes, we can and do help advocate for more equitable treatment through your educational journey and connect you to other resources. – James

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How can I become involved? Where can I start?

Here at the Gender Equity Center, there are many ways to get involved. You can attend events hosted by the center, you can utilize the space that is created for you as a student, or your organization can co-sponsor an event.  Just being in the center will help you connect with other people, to help build a stronger foundation for you on campus! – Tasha

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Go to the events that the Gender Equity Center staff hosts! That is the best way to see how you can get involved not only in the center, but also in the community. It is always wonderful to see the effects that we as individuals can have on changing our surroundings. – James

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How can I or my group partner with the Gender Equity Center?

If you are interested in co-sponsoring with the Gender Equity Center, please do not hesitate to stop in and talk to someone!  There is a lot of different programming going on in the Gender Equity Center and all of our events are co-sponsored by organizations and/or departments on campus. When you come to the Gender Equity Center, we can direct you to the right person to help you get involved. The Gender Equity Center is a resource for you as a student, make good use of it! – Tasha

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Who can I contact to volunteer?

A good first step is to email us at womenscenter@boisestate.edu to express interest in volunteering.  While we don’t always have tasks on hand to appropriate to volunteers, we will keep you in mind as opportunities for volunteer work arise (for example, we will need some volunteer support for the Power of One Conference that Boise State is hosting this spring!).  Spending time physically in the space will also open up routes for volunteer work.  Being aware of the events/programs coming up will definitely help you situate yourself within our efforts. – Bri

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What do you do in your job?

As a Gender Equity Peer Educator, I focus on LBGTQIA related topics. I assist the Gender Equity Center in creating gender-related events and workshops with a student’s perspective. I want to raise awareness of the unique and diverse LBGTQIA identity that Boise State students have, while also bringing attention to issues of gender-related discrimination and LBGTQIA folks with in the community. – Megyn

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I am sort of a connector for the office. I connect our peer educators and professional staff to organizations and departments for the purposes of program partnering, I connect organizations, departments, and individuals to the services and space that we have to offer, I connect our office staff to each other so we know what we are all doing, and most importantly, I connect students to the center to make the most out of their college experience. – James

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Why do you work at the Gender Equity Center?

I work at the Gender Equity Center because of what an amazing place it is. At the center I can be who I am and be respected as individual; while creating equity in the campus and community. I am able to help create positive change by being a part of the center. – Amanda

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I work at the Gender Equity Center because I enjoy working with my fellow students on campus and creating programming that benefits my peers.  I also like being a face on campus that students can use as a resource. – Tasha

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What is gender?

Gender is a facet of one’s identity that conveys one’s sense of femininity or masculinity, but this expression is not fixed.  It is fluid, which means that it may change over time and in different situations.  We all make choices in our daily lives about how we present ourselves to the world; we express gender through the clothes we wear, the way we carry our bodies, how we speak, etc.  – Bri

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What does gender equity mean to you?

Gender equity means that I can be who I am without any repercussions. No one’s gender is a reason to treat them in any way less than respectable. My gender and how I express it, is just as valid as anyone’s, and that what gender equity means to me. – Amanda

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To me, gender equity means lots of things. But most of all it means promoting equality regardless of sex or gender identity. Gender equity is also tied to other inequities that occur on a daily basis. Every person has something to contribute whether big or small; it’s an on-going process that we are part of to create positive social change. – Megyn

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What is a healthy relationship?

A healthy relationship has seven principles: consent, healthy boundaries, communication, trust, equality, individuality, and of course, fun. A healthy relationship is between equal individuals who are always growing and changing, as is the relationship. – Amanda

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A healthy relationship is one in which all involved parties want to be involved with each other. Though relationships require hard work from time to time, a healthy relationship needs to be fun! Everyone should respect each other’s emotional and physical boundaries, and maintain constant communication in order to get consent to cross these. – James

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