Center Staff

Jesse Beal


Jesse Beal is the Director of the LBGT Resource Center and has been a social justice and LGBTQ+ activist, educator and consultant for the past fifteen years. They present regularly at national conferences and at many colleges, universities, and nonprofits. Jesse is an experienced student affairs practitioner with a demonstrated history of working towards equity and inclusion in higher education. Their practice is collaborative, student centered, and justice based. They served as the Director of the Women’s and Gender Center at Amherst College, the Acting Director and Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity Services at Suffolk University, and the Program Coordinator for Sexuality and Gender Diversity at Brandeis University. Jesse has also taught a recurring course at Tufts University about social justice pedagogy and young adult fiction. Jesse is the 2015 winner of the National Voice and Action Advisor of the Year Award from Campus Pride, for their years of work and dedication to make campuses more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students.

Email Jesse with questions about:

  • Faculty and staff training and consultation
  • Curriculum development and design
  • Trans policy inclusion
  • Support and advocacy for LGBTQA+ students
  • LBGT Resource Center goals, mission, and focus
  • LGBTQA+ better practices and benchmarking in higher education
  • Working toward racial justice as a white person

Morgan Doherty



Morgan is the coordinator for the LBGT Resource center. They’re a Lansing local; an MSU alum; the former facilitator of the TRUE LGBTQ+ Teen Support Group at the Salus Center; and a reformed librarian who would still love to recommend some gay books for you. Morgan is a founding member of Tender Heart Gardens, a queer and trans gardening collective in Lansing, and board president of Capital United Land Trust. They love being outside, reading things, growing things, eating things, and spending time with their chosen family.

  • Student organizations
  • LBGTRC operations
  • Volunteering with The LBGTRC
  • The LBGTRC newsletter and social media

Emma Hayes

MSW Graduate Intern


Emma (she/her/hers) is a first-year graduate Organizational and Community Leadership Social Work student. She was born in Atlanta, GA and raised in Chapel Hill, NC, where she grew up romping through the woods and rarely wearing shoes. Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology with minors in Human Sexuality and Fine Arts Photography. She is planning on going to culinary school after her MSW and hopes to combine her passions for the culinary arts and social work. In her spare time she likes to procrasti-bake, play with her dog, Dexter, and re-watch The West Wing. 

Email Emma with questions about:

  • Listening Circles for LGBTQA+ undergraduate and graduate students

Quinn Harrison ’20

Student Program Assistant 

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Quinn is one of the Student Program Assistants for the LBGT Resource Center. For this role, they put together smaller events for the center and co-facilitate New2U. He is a third-year undergraduate student studying Sociology. Quinn is also the Public Relations Coordinator of The Alliance of Queer and Ally Students and the former Secretary for TransAction. When not in the center, he can be found hanging out with friends and thinking about his favorite cat, Snickers.

Camille Hollenquest ’22

Student Assistant 


Camille is currently one of the student assistants in the LGBT Resource center, who can all be considered the backbone of the center. Camille is also an RHA representative of the United Brody Black Caucus. She is a Sophmore undergraduate student majoring in Political Science: Pre Law, minoring in Human Development and Family Studies and hopes to pursue a career in family law. Camille enjoys social justice, dogs of all kinds and the color yellow. 

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
  • Navigating Microaggressions


Summer Student Assistant

Stryx is studying Anthropology with a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. After graduating in the spring of 2020, they will go on to pursue a PhD, with the desire to educate, and be continually educated on the social inequalities facing the world. Stryx is currently on the E-Board for TransAction, and is working to collaborate and recenter intersectionality as the heart of coalition. They love podcasts, horrible movies, fantasy books, and wishes that people took more opportunities to dance.

Campus Liaisons

Ginny Blakely, L.M.S.W.

Counseling and Psychiatric Services Liaison


Ginny is from Holly, MI and began working at MSU in September of 2016. Ginny is an Americorps VISTA alumni, a Third-Wave Deadhead, and an Out and Proud Queer Lesbian. Ginny has prior experience with Appalachian Community Mental Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy; Intensive Home-Based Services; Serving Homeless/Runaway/Throwaway LGBTQI+ youth; and Post-Adoption and Attachment work. She loves disc golf, legos, rainbows, people, exploring, traveling, comics, games, and food.

Email Ginny with questions about:

  • Identity development
  • Mental Health
  • Resources
  • Self-care
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Support Groups
  • General CAPS and Olin questions

Jessi Melendez

Writing Center Liaison
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