Shea was the chair of the Committee On Diversity Affairs, a sub-committee of the Lawrence University Community Council that worked to address issues of diversity on her campus and create a safe space for all identities. She is most interested in the use of artistic expression and education to empower youth and has worked for the non-profit organization Young Chicago Authors that provided Chicago area youth a progressive space for spoken word. She believes deeply in collaborative processes, as all people possess a multitude of assets that can help build a community. Shea studied studio art and education and hopes to continue to advocate for the use of art and word as a means to empower, create dialogue, and restore our communities.