Center Staff

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

Nick Royal

Graduate Assistant 

Nick Royal is the Graduate Assistant for the LBGT Resource Center.  In this role, he is working on assessment for the Resource Center, including looking at New2U and Color Me Queer, as well as the queer student experience at Michigan State, among other tasks.  Nick is a Ph.D. student in MSU’s Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program.  Prior to MSU, Nick worked in housing at the University of Michigan and the University of Denver.  Nick’s prior research looked at the relationship between students’ queer identities and their leadership identities.  Nick is thrilled to be joining the MSU family and add a little more green to his wardrobe!  Nick received a B.S. in Law and Economics from Central Michigan University and an M.S. is Higher Education Administration and Policy from Northwestern University.  Nick started with the Resource Center in the Fall of 2018.

Email Nick with questions about:

  • Assessment projects in the LBGTRC
  • How to get involved on campus
  • Any Pride buttons you want to see in the resource center
  • General resources regarding queer identities
  • Recommendations for a good book
  • Advisor to TransAction

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.

Check out Crystal’s trading card here!