Red Shirt-Shaw


Native Americans
Programs for High School Students
Racism/Racial Justice
Summer Institute Instructors
Youth/Student Activism
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.”

“Red Shirt-Shaw spoke passionately on a myriad of topics related to indigenous people and identity…At the heart of (her) message was not just that the Native people of this country continue to struggle, but that we must all work together by having uncomfortable conversations and speaking up about our own individual experiences in order to enact positive change.”
— Jenny Gumbert, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster PA


We Are Still Here: On Native Identity and Activism
This presentation discusses the contemporary, and often forgotten, presence of Native people in social justice conversations through a personal lens. The conversation is not expected to define what it means to be Indigenous in America, but is an opportunity to share one perspective, as an urban Lakota woman, about the importance of hearing our voices and our stories.
Connecting Young Native Americans Through the Power Of Words
This presentation discusses the creation of an online platform for Native youth to express their contemporary stories through prose, poetry, and hip hop. In order to reclaim our spaces, we must reclaim the stories and narratives that the country have written for us. What better way to do this than to allow the next generation to tell us their stories?

Perspectives on the College Process
This presentation discusses the college application and admissions process, drawing on Megan’s work in undergraduate admissions at two institutions, at an admissions focused non-profit for high achieving low income students, and as a college counselor on the high school side.

Advice For First Year College Students
This presentation examines the transition into freshman year, and the challenges students, especially those who identify with underrepresented communities, may face during their process and experience.