Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota)

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. ET
Ph.D Student, University of Minnesota

You are paving the path, so dream big.


Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota), #GCSHE Truth and Reconciliation in Higher Education panelist, is an activist, writer, and college admissions professional. She is the founder of Natives In America​, an online literary publication for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth. The website was featured on MTV News for its goal of bringing Native youth voices to the forefront of the conversation in America. Passionate about Indigenous rights issues, college admissions, and greater Native presence in media​ and higher education​, Megan has been published on Huffington Post, ThinkProgress, Racialicious, Model View Culture, and Last Real Indians.  She has worked in undergraduate admissions and college counseling at the University of Pennsylvania, Questbridge, Santa Clara University, and Albuquerque Academy.

Megan earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English and her Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Higher Education where she was co-chair of FIERCE — Future Indigenous Educators Resisting Colonial Education. Currently, Megan is pursuing a Ph.D in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on Higher Education at the University of Minnesota.

The panel of experts will discuss how, to effectively support a just transition, higher education will need to acknowledge and atone for the historical and ongoing ways in which it perpetuates racial injustice.

HGSE Convocation Student Speaker: Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

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