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The Role of the Student Chapter Advisor

The success of the student chapter is often dependent on the guidance and leadership provided by the chapter advisor. As the person closest to the students, the advisor plays an integral role, not by doing, but by advising and assisting the students in running their own chapter. With annual membership turnover of 40% - 50%, chapters depend on the advisors to provide continuity from year to year. Listed below are the major functions of the chapter advisor:

  • Act as official point of contact for the chapter. The advisor receives all chapter mailings from SHRM, such as membership rosters, student brochures, and applications. Information and materials should be disseminated regularly to the student officers.
  • Ensure chapter continuity. Oversee transition of officers and training of new officers. Maintain chapter history and records from year to year.
  • Work with students to foster leadership and organizational skills. Attend chapter meetings and offer guidance as needed.
  • Submit a yearly Student Chapter Information Form by June 1. This provides updated information to the national office and indicates that the chapter will be active for the year.
  • Ensure that the chapter has at least eight national student members by June 1 each year. Membership of at least eight eligible students is required to maintain the student chapter charter.
  • Act as advocate for the chapter in school affairs as needed.
  • Assist students in completing and submitting a Merit Award application each year by April 30.
  • Maintain an SHRM membership. Student chapter advisors can join or renew at a special dues rate of 50% less than the regular professional dues. There is a one-year grace period after becoming an advisor in which to join.


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