Both her sister, Caitlin McKeever ’15, and her aunt, Stefani Joan Breidenbach ’89, earned bachelor’s degrees from St. Kate’s. “So I knew I was going to get a great education.”
As a first-year student, McKeever co-founded the CSJ–Student Alliance, a club dedicated to giving students more opportunities to engage with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (St. Kate’s founders and sponsors). She was a member of the Anti-Human Trafficking Working Group of the Congregation of St. Joseph and served as an intern with The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis.
In the years that followed she studied abroad in France, served as public relations officer for the Political Science Club, treasurer for French Club and orientation leader for St. Kate’s Admission office, and was elected president of the Student Senate.
“I’m an introvert, and I didn’t have any student government experience in high school,” she says, “but the staff and faculty I met still encouraged me to campaign as senate president. They saw something in me I didn’t. This is a really special quality about St. Kate’s.”
For her leadership and many contributions to St. Kate’s community, Shannon received the 2017 Dean of Students Award and the 2014 Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Outstanding Collaborative Leadership Award.
Shannon plans to work for two years post-graduation before attending law school. She aims to focus her career on advocating for human rights.
“Put yourself out there and try new things that may be a bit nerve-wracking at first. They will get easier with practice. Being senate president was the most challenging and most rewarding experience. I never thought that I would take on a role like that, but I am so thankful I did.”