Center Staff

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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
  • Education Programs
  • Graduate Student Engagement
  • Institutional Consultations
  • Leadership and Supervision of LBGTRC Staff and Operations
  • Scholarships and Awards
  • University Staff and Professional Development

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Oprah Jrenal

Assistant Director
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Oprah Jrenal is the Assistant Director for the LBGT Resource Center (LBGTRC). In this role, she advises student groups and LBGTRC staff in their efforts to create supportive environments in which LBGTQ students can thrive. Oprah has served in residential life at institutions across the country. She has experience presenting on topics such as intersectionality, being a person of color (global majority) in predominately White spaces, White supremacy, supporting undocumented students, and community building, to name a few. Oprah is ecstatic to be joining the Spartan family. She earned her bachelors in Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry from the University of Arizona and a masters in higher education from the University of Kansas. Oprah is pleased to share her light and love with MSU. Oprah has been with the LBGTRC since January 2018.

Email Oprah with Questions about:

  • Joining LBGTQ student organizations
  • How to Tell Someone they said/did something Racist (homophobic, transphobic, etc.)
  • Advocacy and Support Needs
  • Event/Program Ideas
  • Leadership and Supervision of LBGTRC Staff and Operations
  • Navigating Microaggressions

Frankie Resto ’19

Graduate Assistant

Frankie is the Graduate Assistant in the LBGTRC. In this role, he facilitates the New2U and Color Me Queer Discussions, as well as advises the Queer and Trans People of Color Coalition (QTPOCC). He recently graduated from Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Family & Child Studies, and now is in his first year in the Student Affairs Administration M.A. program. Frankie hopes to be a director of an identity based center, focusing on combating societal/systemic issues that oppress students. Frankie loves Pugs, Bulldogs, and social dancing to Bachata and Salsa!

E-Mail Frankie with Questions about:

  • Color Me Queer Discussion Group
  • New2U and First Year Engagement
  • Queer People of Color Coalition (Student Organization)

Crystal King ’19

Finance and Administration Assistant
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Crystal is the LGBTRC’s Finance and Administration Assistant.  In this role, they manage the office’s financial processes, and provide support to office staff and students, as well as co-facilitating New2U.  Crystal is a third-year undergraduate student studying Economic Geography and Business. They hope to get her MBA in Finance! She has participated in undergraduate research and study abroad at MSU. Crystal loves free hugs, making new friends, and is a good listener.

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