Can the Counseling Center help me?

The college years are a time when many students begin to sort out their values and figure out who they are. It is not uncommon for students to question their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and explore how to integrate these with the rest of their life. The Counseling Center can be of assistance to you if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • You are experiencing confusion about your sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • You are exploring “coming out” to peers, professors, family or friends and feel like you could use some help figuring things out.
  • You are an LBGT person of color and are experiencing multiple forms of oppression.
  • You feel at odds with society’s gender roles and messages.
  • You are experiencing tension and/or harassment due to someone’s reaction to your sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • You are trying to accept/understand another’s sexual orientation and need to talk to someone open and nonjudgmental.
  • You have LBGT parent(s) and are concerned about developing relationships with people who will be open and accepting of your family’s diversity.
  • You are completely comfortable with your orientation and expecting a counselor who is equally comfortable.

How Do I know It’s Safe?

  • The services provided by the Counseling Center are confidential. What you choose to share with your counselor is protected by law.
  • The Center has made a commitment to providing sensitive, quality service to the multicultural student community.
  • Counselors are open and non-judgmental about sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Counselors work from a multicultural perspective.
  • The Center actively supports the University’s non-discrimination policy which includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
  • The Counseling Center is involved in many initiatives on campus that are seeking to transform the MSU climate, making it a safer place for openly LBGT students.


MSU Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Resource Center 
Contact: Deanna Hurlbert, Coordinator
302 Student Services Building
(517) 353-9520

Women’s Resource Center 
Contact: Lydia Weiss, M.A.
332 Union Building
(517) 353-1635

Listening Ear Crisis Center
24-Hour Crisis Intervention Center
(517) 337-1717