Shelby changed her major from International Studies to Political Science and Women and Gender Studies (WGS). At DePaul, the WGS program emphasizes feminist and social justice theory with focuses on agency, social responsibility, advocacy and activism.
Shelby became involved with Take Back the Halls, a relationship violence prevention program, and worked with high school freshmen at DePaul College Prep High School. This experience helped her develop a strong passion for working with survivors of sexual and relationship violence. Take Back the Halls creates a space for students to talk about issues affecting their lives, generate ways to raise public awareness, encourages students to speak out against violence, and advocates for change in their schools and communities.