Eastern Michigan University's Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter receives outstanding student chapter award

Dr. Jim Krolik, Dr. Anushri Rawat, Nandika Talwar, Lindsey Vaitkevicius and Christie Hunter.
Pictured from left to right are: faculty advisors, Dr. Jim Krolik and Dr. Anushri Rawat; current president of the Chapter, Nandika Talwar; and recent grads and former Chapter presidents, Lindsey Vaitkevicius and Christie Hunter.

YPSILANTI Eastern Michigan University’s Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) student chapter received a 2021-2022 Outstanding Student Chapter Award designation from the National SHRM association. The award recognizes the chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members.     

The National SHRM association encourages the development of more effective student chapters and distinguishes outstanding activities and projects. Chapters are recognized based on operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement.

“The members of our SHRM student chapters represent the next generation of Human Resource (HR) leaders, and it is critical to highlight the instrumental role they play in SHRM’s success,” said Johnny Taylor Jr., president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “The hard work of EMU SHRM shows the profession's future is in good hands. I applaud their accomplishments and ability to foster innovative programming, development and interest in HR as we navigate changing workplaces.”

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle. The most recent activity lasted from May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022.

For the 2021-2022 school year, Eastern’s student chapter of SHRM focused on mental health issues and well-being during COVID-19 for its outstanding student award project. “Our primary goal was to provide students with strategies and resources to manage their mental health and well-being,” said Anushri Rawat, associate professor of management, SHRM-SCP, and co-advisor for the student group. “We also wanted students to understand HR professionals' challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

As a chapter, participants decided to have three focus areas for their project:(1) education, (2) dissemination and (3) engagement. To educate students, the program executed an "HR challenges from COVID-19" speaker event by an employment attorney and also organized two mental health workshops leaders created a brochure and website with mental health resources  for students taking the “Introduction to Business” course in the fall 2021 and winter 2022 semesters. The students engaged by volunteering with two non-profit organizations.

The EMU chapter was chartered in 1995 and has more than 50 student members. Faculty co-advisors include Anushri Rawat, Fraya Wagner-Marsh and Jim Krolik.

For information, visit the EMU student chapter of SHRM at EMUSHRM on Facebook.

About SHRM
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at SHRM.org and on Twitter @SHRM.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

September 21, 2022

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