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
- Harry Potter
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.
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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
Strychnine (C) Mirage ’20
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.
Nick Royal is a staff member 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. Before 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 and Delta Lambda Phi
- Working with OUT for Sustainability
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
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Support Groups
- General CAPS and Olin questions
Writing Center Liaison
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