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COSP Students among SpeakOut Presenters at NCORE 2019

06. 14. 2019

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw and John Little Present Their Work at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education

Two students from the Graduate School Diversity Office's Community of Scholars Program recently presented their work at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education in Portland, Oregon. The NCORE conference series constitutes the leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations.

Read about John and Megan, along with their research interests:


Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

Megan 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. She has worked at multiple universities across the country in undergraduate admissions and college counseling and is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on Higher Education. Megan is the founder of Natives In America​, an online literary publication for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth.

John Little

John recently completed his Master's Degree in History at The University of South Dakota and is currently pursuing his Educational Doctorate. His thesis was on the Lakota and the Vietnam War. His goals are to write Indigenous people into the historical narrative and help Native students into higher education. His main focus is on Native American veterans, music, cultural appropriation, and mascots. He directed a documentary, More Than a Word, with his brother, which explores the growing movement to change the name of the Washington R*dskins football team.