Austin Arias

Austin Arias is a leadership expert who uses personal stories and experiences to help students have an impact on their communities, grow personally & ensure their organizations have a lasting legacy.


▪Authenticity ▪Community Building ▪First Year Experience ▪Fraternity & Sorority Life ▪Leadership ▪Officer Training ▪Orientation ▪Organizational Development ▪Personal Growth ▪Recruitment ▪Values


▪The “Balancing Act”: Person, Student, Student Leader
▪Time to Refocus: Getting Your Community Back on Track
▪Recruit with Purpose: Strategies for Successful Recruitment
▪Ace Year One & Beyond

Custom Programs & Service

▪Organizational Coaching
▪Curriculum Development & Facilitation




Austin creates a space where students feel they can be honest with themselves, their identities, leadership experiences and state of their organizations. He accomplishes this through integrating humor, life experiences and what he learns about the campus community he is working with. He wants to challenge with care, asking students the tough questions with the hope they can be honest with themselves. Austin hopes to provide students with tangible, strategic practices they can integrate into their daily lives that will allow for personal, professional and organizational progress.

Austin’s approach is honest, but comes from life experiences. He understands the perils of a student leader, the difficulties to learn from missteps as a person and a leader and the want to be successful. When an audience member leaves his programs, he hopes to provide them strength, the tools to allow them and their peers be successful, the motivation to care for themselves, and the confidence to be the leader they are capable of being. Austin has been fortunate to work on a variety of college campuses from private to public, from small to large.

Austin’s Bio

Austin Arias is an educator, speaker, facilitator and consultant. Austin helps students, organizations and higher education departments realize their potential to make an impact. As a recovering over-involved student leader and trusted educator in the field, Austin understands first-hand the impact students want to have not only on their communities but in life as leaders and the hopes professionals have to support the experience.

Austin has been fortunate to work for and travel to college campuses around the country to share ways students can maximize their leadership potential. He has advised fraternities, sororities, programming boards, student organizations, philanthropy groups and supervised groups like orientation leaders on how to be effective and work through difficulties no matter how big or small and the ways they can be most impactful. He strongly believes our missteps can be opportunities for growth and will lead to success.

A brother of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Austin believes strongly in the power of the fraternal experience. He is fortunate to not only risk management education volunteer for his own organization but also for Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity for Women, Sigma Kappa Sorority, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.

Austin received his Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Illinois State University in 2013 and his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg in 2011. Austin has served as the Assistant Dean of Students at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Director of Student Involvement at William Peace University.

Austin resides in his hometown of Tampa, Florida, where he serves as the Associate Director for Leadership Development at the University of South Florida. He spends most of his free time with his rescue dog he named after a fraternity founder and playing adult recreational kickball. He is originally from Tampa, Florida.

Austin’s Blogs

The following are past entries Austin has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

Fraternity/Sorority LIfe


Organizational Development

Personal Growth


Promotional Materials

To help you promote your event with Austin, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials

Logistical Materials

Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Austin.
In-Peson Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

Austin had great energy and was able to provide tangible content for our students while challenging their current recruitment tactics being used. He gave the community ideas on how to improve and put many things into perspective with his honest assessment of what was being promoted by the chapters. He had a great balance of information and humor while making connections with the students

Brittany Bowles

Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Coastal Carolina

Austin was so incredible to work with – he made a point of catering his program to what would truly resonate with the men here at SJSU. He provided a much-needed articulation of issues, and provided a space where the fraternity men where challenged to reflect on how their recruitment tactics could progress.

Alex Richards

San Jose State University


The “Balancing Act”: Person, Student, Student Leader

As student leaders, we want to balance it all – academics, involvement, and a personal life and we often put on the act as if we do it all so well. It seems all three need your attention at the same time. You do not want to let you or anyone else down. In “The Balancing Act,” we will talk about ways to be a person, student and student leader and how all three can work together in harmony instead of balance. You will understand how to better prioritize, keep mental health a focus, ensure you do not waiver from academic pursuits and learn how to lead your organizations effectively through building a collaborative, values-driven team all working toward organizational success.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to recognize the common practices of student leaders that prevent growth and development for themselves and organization, like struggling to say no, lack of delegation, and competition,
  • how to incorporate person-first behaviors into one’s daily life, while still upholding their responsibilities as students and student leaders,
  • strategies for how to integrate person-first behaviors into our daily lives, while still upholding our responsibilities as students and student leaders, and
  • how to create a culture of positive student leadership on their campus, utilizing their advisors, mentors and/or supervisors.
Recruit with Purpose: Strategies for Successful Recruitment

For too long, our recruitment practices have been focused on outdated techniques that don’t accurately represent our values and the lifelong benefit of joining a fraternity or sorority organization. Plus, we have shifted away from building relationships during the process. Our campuses are changing, so the same set of events, trainings and marketing won’t work any longer. It’s time to assess what you are doing and use your purpose to reframe your work. Let’s create more meaningful events, instill inclusive practices, focus on human connection, and create community buy-in to growth. Whether you are recruiting in-person or virtually, building a new strategy will help you more effectively find those ready for membership.

* This program can be council specific or community-wide

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to assess their current recruitment tactics and understand their effectiveness,
  • how to create a culture of recruitment strategy in order to maximize chapter and council success, utilizing all members to create collaborative action,
  • how to be more inclusive throughout the recruitment process to acknowledge the identities of all potential new members, and
  • the importance of relationship building and meaningful conversation in both recruitment and creating a sense of belonging for potential new members.
Time to Refocus: Getting Your Community Back on Track

What would it look like if we refocused our community’s actions to actually be in alignment with what our founders intended? Would your founders recognize your organizations today? Time to Refocus challenges members to take a more critical look at the state of their community to determine what has to change to ensure their legacy continues. It’s time to get to the root of the issues and create sustainable solutions. Through honest dialogue and tough conversation, the program encourages all to look beyond competition and ego and take accountability for how they contribute to their campus communities and the future of the fraternal movement. We have the potential to be the organizations our founders always hoped for. Let’s make them proud.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to identify the current issues plaguing both their community and fraternal movement, 
  • how to understand how those issues affect the health of their membership and organizations,
  • how to address concerns around diversity, equity, and inclusion in their community,
  • how to more effectively build relationships with one another to inspire collaborative action, and
  • how to determine a plan of action to confidently tackle their community’s issues and opportunities for success.
Ace Year One & Beyond

​The first year of college can be filled with a lot of feelings. You want to “fit in,” make friends and find your niche. College can be the best four years of your life but only if you take the right steps from the start. Through sharing his own difficult turned rewarding college journey, humorous stories and experiences from his everyday work, Austin encourages new students to embrace their new adventure. Students will walk away with a toolbox they can immediately use to set themselves up for success in year one, continue to hone and apply throughout their entire college journey and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to recognize feelings of anxiety and stress and understand how to cope with them,
  • how to manage academic expectations and social life demands while still maintaining positive mental health, and
  • the importance of getting involved, utilizing campus resources and finding their own voice and identity.

Custom Programs

Organizational Coaching

Are your organizations struggling to shift their culture and continue to evolve? Is collaboration non-existent? Do we need to reframe your recruitment strategy? Bringing in Austin to provide coaching to your organizations, councils and governing bodies that will provide them with steps they can take to diagnose chronic behaviors preventing change, reframe their programming and set a meaningful plan for the future. This can be done as a full-day of coaching sessions including a pre-assessment, small and large group discussions and planning sessions and debrief with professional staff. This can be added on to a keynote experience.

Curriculum Development & Facilitation

Austin is a skilled leadership educator with years of experience developing learning outcomes-based curriculums for student leaders for training and on-going leadership development. Austin can develop a curriculum that elevates your student’s development and training, rooted in leadership theory and models, best practices, and alignment with the institutional need and goals. Curriculums can include a series of workshops or one or multi-day retreats, including in-person or virtual delivery methods. This work includes an intake form to understand your needs and can include pre-and-post assessments for attendees and a debrief call post-program with the campus professionals. As a trusted facilitator, Austin can also facilitate your program too.