Leadership and infrastructure
Jesse Beal (they/them) is the director of Spectrum Center. They joined as associate director in November 2021 and were named the director in December 2022. Prior to arriving at the University of Michigan, Jesse served as the director of The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center at Michigan State University. Jesse is an experienced student affairs practitioner, who brings over a decade of experience leading student-facing affinity-based resource centers at Amherst College, Brandeis University, Suffolk University, and MSU.
Tristan “TK” Morton is the associate director of Spectrum Center. Ze is a Black, trans, queer educator; advocate; and joy creator. Ze centers queer and trans BIPOC joy, laughter, and advocacy, making sure that all spaces are accessible and centering the love and care of the community. Tristan brings experience in student affairs; social justice; and supporting LGBTQIA2+ and marginalized staff, faculty, students, and alumni.
Uriel Light (they/them) is the office coordinator at Spectrum Center. They provide administrative support for the Center and help to make the office a welcoming space for students and visitors. Uriel graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in history in 2021, where their studies focused on gender and sexuality in the Greco-Roman world. Making U-M a safe, welcoming place for students is important to Uriel, and they’re excited to support the community through Spectrum Center.
Jamy (they/any) is a non-traditional 3rd year undergraduate on the pre-medical track studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Sociology of Health and Medicine. They currently serve the Spectrum Center as a front desk attendant and as the leader of the QTBIPOC+ CenterSpace, and take great pride in being one of the first faces students see when they enter the office.
Avery Thompson (she/her) is a current sophomore at the University of Michigan studying sociology with a minor in LGBTQ+ studies. As a front desk student lead, she enjoys connecting with students and staff alike, and looks forward to getting to know more members of the community. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, DnD, and cooking.
Events and partnerships
Angie Freeman, MS (they/them) is the events and partnerships program manager at Spectrum Center. They are a fiery, energetic student affairs practitioner, educator, and speaker who pours their heart out into the work of social justice. With over a decade of experience in various roles such as residential life, mentoring, coaching, retention, training, advising, LGBTQ+ and diversity and inclusion, Angie continues to pave a path led by self-work and action.
Jordan Rhym (she/her) is the graduate programming board and events coordinator at Spectrum Center. She is currently a first-year master’s student at the University of Michigan School of Information, studying archives and digital curation. She looks forward to helping students facilitate diverse and welcoming events to serve the UM LGBTQIA+ community!
Education and training
Elizabeth González (she/they), LMSW, CYT, is the education and training program manager at Spectrum Center. Their responsibilities include facilitating allyhood development trainings and consulting with campus partners about inclusive practices. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she studied interpersonal practice and mental health. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts with a focus on sociology and government and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.
Thea/TJ (they/she/he) is the education and training graduate lead at Spectrum Center. TJ is a Master of Social Work student at the University of Michigan who studies interpersonal practice in integrated health and mental health, as well as community change. They focus on providing sexuality and gender affirming care, with intent to recieve a sexual health certification in counseling and education. Thea has experience working with Spectrum as an undergraduate in student support services and is thrilled to continue supporting the LGBTQ+ community here at Michigan.
Support services and wellness
Spencer Hall, MSW (he/they) is the program specialist for support services and wellness at Spectrum Center. Hall is a social worker with a deep passion and investment in supporting youth and young adults—particularly those who are LGBTQIA2+, first-generation, and limited-income—in maneuvering through the complexities of life, including higher education. He does this work by collaborating with young people and supporting them in meeting their own goals and definitions of success.
Macie Richardson (they/them) is a first-generation college student and sophomore in LSA and the Residential College double majoring in creative writing and literature and linguistics with a minor in LGBTQ+ studies. As the support services and wellness student lead, they enjoy working with the FreshSpectives program and getting to be involved in helping queer and trans students find community and resources. They’re extremely excited to be a part of Spectrum Center!
Nick Pfost (he/they) is a communications strategist at the University of Michigan, serving The Program on Intergroup Relations, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, and Spectrum Center. An MPP-trained communicator with over a decade of experience in higher education and nonprofits, they lead in each unit on communications, marketing, and design to advance their missions and impact.
Amira Martin is the graphic design student lead for Spectrum Center. She is a junior at the University of Michigan majoring in graphic design and minoring in UX design. She assists in leading the design and implementation of graphics and other visual materials for the center's efforts, including the center’s branding, event flyers, marketing efforts, Lavender Graduation materials, and other designs.
Carolyn Scorpio, LMSW, is a staff social worker with the University of Michigan's Counseling and Psychological Services. In her role, she also serves as a key linkage between Spectrum Center and CAPS.