Nicole Bravo is the LBGTRC’s Graduate Assistant. She primarily works with first-year students and queer students of color. Nicole is a second year graduate student in the Student Affairs Administration program and aspires to one day become the director of a multicultural engagement center. Before coming to Michigan State, she attended Sonoma State University in California (and is still trying to adjust to the weather here). Nicole enjoys going to concerts and taking naps in unusual places.
E-Mail Nicole with Questions about:
- Color Me Queer Discussion Group
- New2U and First-Year Engagement
- Queer People of Color Coalition (Student Organization)
Loren Clupny is the Program Coordinator of the LBGT Resource Center. In this role, he manages the student programs and projects of the LBGTRC. Loren primarily oversees the center’s Ambassador programs and annual events (such as Lavender Reception). In addition, Loren manages the office’s financial processes, provides support to office staff and manages the daily particulars of the center. Loren has worked with LGBT centers and groups on college campuses previously and is excited to be part of the team at MSU. Loren is originally from Hermiston, OR. He completed his B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Family, Gender, and Sexuality at University of Oregon (‘sko Ducks!). In his free time Loren plays the trumpet and spends time teaching, volunteering and participating in marching music and color guard.
E-Mail Loren with Questions about:
- Lavender Reception and Mosaic Awards
- Office Volunteers/Family Room Hosting
- Speakers Bureau
- Reserving Space in the LBGTRC
Deanna Hurlbert is the Director of the LBGT Resource Center (LBGTRC). In this role, she develops and implements educational and support programs to enhance student learning and wellness and serves as a diversity and multiculturalism consultant in the University community. She has served as a domestic and sexual violence survivor advocate and program coordinator and has professional experience in crisis intervention counseling. She worked as a public health training consultant for 15 years and has extensive experience as a presenter in the areas of HIV/AIDS, sexuality, domestic and sexual violence and substance abuse. Deanna is a proud Spartan alumni who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Community Services and a Certificate in Women’s Studies here at MSU. She has also earned Master’s degrees from Western Michigan University in Public Administration and Education. Dee is pleased to bring all of her education and experience into her work at the University. Dee has been with the LBGTRC since 2008.
E-Mail Dee with Questions about:
- Alumni and Community Relations
- Faculty/Curriculum Consultations
- Graduate Student Engagement
- Institutional Consultations
- Leadership and Supervision of LBGTRC Staff and Operations
- Scholarships and Awards
- University Staff and Professional Development
Student Support Specialist
Bailey Krestakos is the Student Support Specialist in the LBGTRC. In her role, she works one on one with students to support academic, co-curricular, and personal wellness. Bailey is an MSU alumna, with a B.A. in Social Relations and Policy, and is a current student obtaining her Masters in Social Work, with a degree in Organization and Community Leadership. She has experience in crisis intervention for domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as advocacy for teen parents. Bailey is devoted to social advocacy, consciousness-raising, and challenging socially and institutionally enforced systems of oppression. Her colorful pants work much like a mood ring, and it has been rumored that her laugh can pierce the sound barrier.
E-Mail Bailey with Questions about:
- Advocacy and Support Needs for Students
- Coffee and T Chats
- SparQ Peer Mentoring Program
- Volunteering in the LBGTRC
Head here to learn more about how you can contact Bailey online.
Student Programs Assistant
Crystal is the LGBTRC’s Student Projects Assistant. In this role she serves as an assistant to the Assistant Director, maintains the online calendar and newsletter, and co-facilitates New2U. Crystal is a second-year undergraduate student studying Economic Geography and Actuarial Science. She hopes to one day be an actuary, and wants to work with high school students in Detroit, MI, her hometown. She has participated in undergraduate research and study abroad at MSU. Crystal loves free hugs, making new friends, and is a good listener.
BSW Social Work Intern
Ryan is an intern with the LBGT Resource Center this year and is finishing up his senior year in the social work program with a minor in women and gender studies. Ryan plans on moving on to a Master in Social Work program with a focus in community after graduating. He has a passion for advocacy and specifically with transgender healthcare. When Ryan is not busy, he is usually laying down with his cats and snapchatting their cuteness.
Assistant Director, LBGT Resource Center
Coordinator of Organizational Effectiveness, Division of Student Affairs and Services
Alex is the Assistant Director of the LGBT Resource Center. In their role, they work to coordinate all student engagement for the office, working with the LGBT student organizations on campus as well as advising the Alliance of Queer and Ally Students (AQAS). Alex also works one-on-one with students who come to Center – whether its to work on developing personal and professional goals or just needing a staff member to speak to! They have been working with LBGTQ youth (ages 12 – 30) for the past five years and they are excited to continue that work here at MSU! Alex hails from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They completed their B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences (with a concentration in Law and American Society) at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University (GO OWLS!). They earned their M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia (GO DAWGS!). Alex’s door is always open to students, so drop in or make an appointment! They also bake sweet treats for the center and its visitors!
E-Mail Alex with Questions about:
- Campus Community for LBGT Students
- Education and Outreach Programs
- Individual Development Programs
- Intern/Practicum/Volunteer Opportunities
- Student Advising
- Student Organizations
Alex is from a rural, coastal, tourist town in Oregon. After completing their undergraduate degree in Spanish at the University of Oregon (Quack Quack!), Alex taught for two years in a New Orleans High School in Louisiana where they worked for and with a Queer student group called Identities. Now, returning to school, Alex aspires to work in a Queer and Gender resource center somewhere in the Pacific Northwest. Alex is excited to be part of the LBGTRC team!
E-Mail Alex with Questions about:
- The LBGTRC Advisory Board