Our team is made up seven thought leaders with 90+ years of professional experience.

Our team is made up seven thought leaders with 90+ years of professional experience.

Lead Educator

LaShatà Grayson

LaShatá (she/hers) is a plant-based lover, fitness blogger, and a champion for building inclusive programs. As a committed first-generation student and former special education teacher from Gary, Indiana, LaShatá has always had a passion for teaching and working with students in and outside of the classroom. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Event Management and Management from Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis and a Master's of Science in Education Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL. She is passionate about bring advocating for and bringing awareness to the narratives and experiences of underrepresented students speaks to her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

LaShata's focus is on program development, allyship, racial identity development, creating inclusive best practices, and uplifting and supporting Black women.

Special Projects Lead

Brittney Merrit

Brittney Merritt (she/hers) is an ardent supporter and change maker. As a Southern California native, she managed to leave her heart out East while pursing her education. Hailing from the city of Angels (the actual LA zip code), she studied Anthropology, with concentrations in Social and Cultural Studies alongside a minor in Business Administration. Later, she completed her M.A in Educational Administration with a specialization in Student Affairs. Brittney is a sister of Delta Phi Epsilon and actively involved with the National Panhellenic Council as an Area Advisor. Brittney has also held various roles in higher education, including working in Residential Life, International Engagement, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and Student Conduct. As an educator, Brittney is passionately committed to equity work, accessibility, inclusion, civic mindedness, and cultural shifts of organizations. She finds joy in supporting people through their social and emotional learnings. Brittney has a deep love for leadership cultivation, and has engaged with thousands of undergraduate students and organizations in areas of equity, access, and belonging.

Educator

Lindsy Perry

Lindsy (she/her) is a Springfield, IL native with a niche for connecting people. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Southern Illinois University. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta and currently serves as the Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs at Austin Peay State University. Lindsy is an experienced researcher and educator. Her talents are in 1:1 coaching and facilitating small group conversations. Driven by her own life experiences, Lindsy remains committed to both advocacy within fraternity and sorority life.

Founder & Lead Strategist

Nicki Rowlett

Nicki (she/her) was born and raised in Michigan, but has lived in five states since graduating college. Nicki earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies, Event Management, and Leadership from Central Michigan University and a Master's Degree in Student Affairs from Ball State University. She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon and has worked professionally with fraternities and sororities for eight years. Nicki is an author, seasoned facilitator, and long-time volunteer within the fraternal industry.

Nicki's focus is in identity development, inclusive language use, bias, allyship, and the impact of privilege, power, and position. She enjoys developing strategies, infusing concepts of DEI into existing programs, and coaching others to make informed and intentional decisions.

Lead Curriculum Designer

Jessica Ryan

Jessica (she/hers) is a educator, change agent, feminist and mother. She grew up in Florida, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies. Jessica is a first-generation college graduate and sorority member. She joined Sigma Delta Tau as a sophomore in 2005 at the University of South Florida and has been a National Officer for several years, with extensive experience in the area of recruitment. Jessica has designed leadership programming and facilitated dozens of programs in her ten year career working and volunteering with fraternities and sororities. She moved her family to Philadelphia in 2016 to work at the University of Pennsylvania as the Associate Director for Leadership & Experiential Learning in the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life.

Jessica's talents are in curating curriculum, coaching organizations on strategy and change, and facilitating programs. She enjoys discussions on embracing differences, how to have dialogue, and structural change to support inclusion and reduce bias in the sorority recruitment process.

Educator

Dr. Michele Smith

Dr. Michele Smith (she/hers) is an experienced educator and researcher with a niche for developing effective strategies for complex problems. She serves as the Vice Provost for Student Affairs / Dean of Students and an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Dr. Smith’s research examines the social, cultural, and political aspects of higher education as it pertains to the intersectionality of race and gender. Using her lived experience as a higher education practitioner and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. Michele is uniquely positioned to work with both administrators and students in a variety of capacities. Her work is grounded in a social justice and cultural conscious framework, which she uses to navigate challenging conversations around these topics.

Educator

Bridgette Wynn

Bridgette (she/hers) is a Motown Native from Detroit, Michigan. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University and a Master's in Higher Education from Florida International University where she joined Phi Mu Fraternity as a Graduate Student. Bridgette has worked in Higher Education for over 10 years in housing, multicultural affairs, and Fraternity and Sorority life.

Bridgette's talents are in Curriculum Development, facilitating small group discussions, and coaching leaders through structural change. Her passion areas are identity development, cultural competency, unconscious bias, and LGBTA+ inclusion.