“I’m very grateful for the support I have received from the students and USD community,” Red Shirt-Shaw said. “I have felt so welcomed and guided during my first month here. I look forward to working with students, staff and faculty across campus and within the community in our shared vision of Native student success during their time at USD and beyond.”

“Megan is an accomplished higher education practitioner, gifted scholar and advocate for Native student success,” said Kim Grieve, Ph.D., vice president of student services and dean of students. “We are so fortunate to have Megan at USD.”

Red Shirt-Shaw is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in English and her master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Higher Education. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on Higher Education and a minor in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.

She has previously held positions in undergraduate admissions, college counseling, student advising and teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Questbridge, Santa Clara University, Albuquerque Academy and the 7th Gen Summer Program.

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