Our Team

Jesse Beal

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Jesse Beal

Jesse Beal is the Director of the LBGT Resource Center and has been a social justice and LGBTQA+ 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 LGBTQA+ students.

Email Jesse with questions about:

  • Faculty and staff training, workshops, and consultation
  • Curriculum development and design
  • Trans and nonbinary 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

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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

Oprah Jrenal

she/her/hers or just Oprah
Assistant Director
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Oprah Jrenal

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

Lindsey Rudden

MSW Intern

Lindsey Rudden
Lindsey Rudden is the MSW student intern for the 2020-2021 school year. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2020 with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in youth and society. While at MSU, Lindsey served as an advocate and mentor for the Adolescent Diversion Program through the Ingham County Family Court Division where she advocated for social justice for a court adjudicated youth. Lindsey is in the clinical concentration in the MSW program with hopes of working in relational therapy with individuals, couples, and families of marginalized communities. Lindsey is an avid runner and is a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Michigan State. Aside from running, she loves hiking, reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors.

LBGT Resource Center Liaisons

Ginny Blakely, LMSW

Counseling and Psychiatric Services Liaison

Ginny Blakely
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

Ruby Mendoza


Ph.D. Student

Graduate Writing Consultant 

LGBT Resource Center Liaison


Ruby Mendoza
Ruby Mendoza (they/them) is a first-year doctoral candidate studying queer, trans* and feminist rhetoric, as well as anti-racist pedagogy and writing program administration. Ruby, a California native, earned their BA at California State University, Chico in English Studies and completed their MA at San Diego State University in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, specializing in the teaching of writing. Ruby hopes to utilize queer, trans*, and feminist rhetorics to forge/intersect with anti-racist pedagogy and writing program administration to develop more intersectional scholarship. Ruby is excited to continue working in these areas of study at MSU’s WRAC department, especially to produce scholarship that focuses on queering systems of oppression: heteronormativity and white supremacy. Outside of academia, Ruby enjoys traveling to understand/meet new culture around the world and eating pizza