Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota) is an activist, writer, and college admissions professional. She is currently the Associate Director for Enrollment Management at The 7th Gen Summer Program and the Wizipan Program, a university program in South Dakota designed to help Native students succeed in higher education. Passionate about Indigenous rights issues, college admissions, and greater Native presence in media and higher education, Megan believes in empowering young people to use their voices for the issues they care about in their communities.
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.
Megan is also a gifted writer and has been published on Huffington Post, ThinkProgress, Racialicious, Model View Culture, and Last Real Indians. An inspiring speaker, she has presented at colleges and universities as well as conferences nationwide.
She earned her Bachelors 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. Megan was selected to deliver the Student Speaker Address at the school’s commencement. Currently Megan is pursuing a Ph.D in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on Higher Education at the University of Minnesota.
Megan has worked at the University of Pennsylvania, Questbridge, Santa Clara University, and Albuquerque Academy in undergraduate admissions and college counseling.
Megan loves the written word, learning about projects for Indigenous youth, and the idea that a college education opportunity can change one’s trajectory forever. Her favorite phrase her mother ever taught her in Lakota is “Weksuye, Ciksuye, Miksuye” meaning “I remember, I remember you, Remember me.”