Responsibilities of a Student Chapter Liaison


One of the primary benefits of student membership is the opportunity to interact with experienced professionals in the HRM field. The student chapter liaison holds the best position to facilitate this valuable interaction. As a member of the sponsoring chapter, the student liaison communicates information between the professionals and the students, and assists the students in making contact with HR practitioners. The role of student chapter liaison consists of the following:

  • Become knowledgeable about the Society's national student membership program and the services it provides.

  • Notify the Student Programs team​at SHRM that you are the designated student liaison from your chapter.You will then be added to the mailing list to receive student program information.

  • Seek to establish new student chapters at local colleges and universities offering majors or concentrations in human resources, business, management, industrial psychology or related subjects.

  • Work with existing chapters to educate the chapter advisor and students to the advantages of membership in the Society. Share with the students how SHRM membership has benefited you.

  • Work with student chapter advisor to foster leadership and organizational skills in student chapter executive board.

  • Promote communication between the advisor, student chapter president and the sponsoring chapter.Ensure a cooperative working relationship.​

  • Attend student chapter meetings and provide guidance as necessary.

  • Facilitate student chapter activities at the professional chapter level and encourage student participation. Represent the interests of the students to the professional chapter.

It is strongly recommended that the student chapter liaison be an active participant on the professional chapter's executive board. This may require a change in the chapter's by-laws, but it will signify the important commitment to support local student members. In cases where chapters have more than one student chapter liaison, one person can be given directorship over the chapter's student program, and can then sit on the chapter's executive board.

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