Dr. Mari Ann Callais
All fraternity and sorority communities face challenges. Whether dealing with continued risk management violations, housing and facility issues, recruitment and retention roadblocks, or communication breakdowns, there is always room for improvement. However, it can be difficult to move forward without a plan in place, especially when trying to identify which challenge to prioritize first when they all seem so important.
When the idea of tackling ways to create sustainable and necessary change in your community seems overwhelming, a CAMPUSPEAK consultant like Dr. Mari Ann Callais can help. With over 20 years experiences as a higher education professional and fraternity and sorority life advocate, Dr. Callais has an incredible wealth of experience that can help your fraternity and sorority community thrive. Drawing on her background as a campus-based professional, national sorority officer, headquarters staff member, and campus faculty instructor, Dr. Callais helps all types of fraternity and sorority communities identify areas where they can improve and take action. She has published numerous articles in magazines, websites, and research journals helping both administrators and students create an impactful fraternity and sorority experience.
In addition to her work both as an industry professional, volunteer, and writer, Dr. Callais has worked with hundreds of campuses as a keynote speaker, facilitator, and consultant. Her positive energy helps students and staff alike open up and discover their potential for success. Dr. Callais is a trusted name who has the experience and skills necessary to help your college or university develop a plan to face any challenges within your fraternity and sorority community. Drawing on her educational experience and credentials, Dr. Callais is able to quickly gather and analyze information to help make suggestions for immediate action. Her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Research helps her understand ways to communicate effectively with university presidents and trustees, while also building trust and relationships with student leaders and volunteers.
Areas of Expertise
Dr. Callais has extensive knowledge on many functional areas of higher education, with a strong background in fraternity and sorority life. Special areas where her expertise can be used include:
- Fraternity and Sorority Community Assessment
- Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Assessment
- Fraternity and Sorority Off-Campus Housing Campaigns
- CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards) Evaluation
- Sorority Recruitment and Recruitment Counselor Training
- Ritual and Values Congruence and Alignment
- Mediation Between Student Leaders and Staff
If you’re interested in learning more about how Dr. Mari Ann Callais can help your fraternity and sorority community through a consultation, contact the CAMPUSPEAK team by calling 1 (844) 745-8570 or emailing [email protected].
Dr. Callais’ Bio
Dr. Mari Ann Callais is a highly respected and sought after keynote speaker, researcher, and thought leader. Having earned degrees from Loyola University New Orleans (BA), Our Lady of Holy Cross College (M.Ed.), and Louisiana State University (PhD), she has spent over 20 years working in higher education. Dr. Callais has served as a campus-based professional, serving for a decade as the Director of Student Organizations and Greek Life at Southeastern Louisiana University before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University as part of their Student Affairs and Higher Education program. Dr. Callais has extensive experience in off-campus student housing developments and consulting with fraternity and sorority housing communities as they develop their capital campaigns.
Now serving as a professional staff member for Delta Delta Delta Fraternity, Dr. Callais oversees all aspects of the President’s Innovation Team for Diversity and Inclusion, and visits chapters with special and targeted needs in areas like community building, mentoring, risk reduction, values alignments, and chapter management. Her dissertation, Sorority Rituals: Rites of Passage and Their Impact on Contemporary Sorority Women, has complimented Dr. Callais’ career as a keynote speaker, where she has spoken to hundreds of fraternity and sorority communities across the country on ritual and values since joining the CAMPUSPEAK team in 1999.
In addition to her work with fraternity and sorority students, Dr. Callais also works with both first-year students and women’s groups through empowering keynote presentations. As a volunteer for her national sorority, Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity, Dr. Callais has served as the National President in addition to roles as the National Panhellenic Conference Delegate, and as a member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Callais has also volunteered as part of the Peer Review Board for Oracle: The Research Journal for the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, and speaks annually at conferences throughout higher education. She has been recognized for her accomplishments and contributions by many interfraternal organizations, including awards from Theta Phi Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Tau, Phi Sigma Sigma, the Southeastern Interfraternity Conference, Theta Chi, the Fraternity Communications Association, and the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.