Meet the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is devoted to helping students excel in the field of human resources through mentoring with professionals and peers. The leaders of the new Wayne State University Chapter of SHRM said they are committed to the global missions of the organization and issues of concern to students at WSU, including finding quality HR-related internships.

"The new chapter is focusing on new member recruitment, workshops and seminars on topics such as resume writing, networking and HR careers," said Debbie Shapiro, chapter liaison for the new student chapter and Founder and President of HR Connections Executive Search.

Paul Reagan, senior lecturer of management, is the faculty advisor for the organization. Reagan said that he is experienced in organizing and getting volunteer organizations up to speed. While this the first time Reagan will be an advisor for a business student organization, he often acts as an advisor to students in his courses. Reagan said a fundamental experience of the organization is interaction among the members.

SHRM has undergraduate and graduate members from a number of disciplines both within and outside the School of Business Administration, including industrial organizational psychology, labor relations and management.

"I have high hopes for this student organization," said SHRM vice president and graduate business student, Firas Ezzeddine. "What will give us a competitive edge is our diversity in our social, professional and academic backgrounds."

Ezzeddine said he wants to help WSU students get a better understanding of what a career in HR is all about.

"You really cannot get a job in human resources at a professional level unless you have had experience in this field," Reagan said. "The competition is just too stiff."

SHRM currently has 18 members and, through ongoing recruitment efforts, would like to reach 50 members by the end of the year.

"With hopes of a being a change management consultant, this student chapter will help me network with HR professionals, increase my knowledge about organizational development and manage a team of talented individuals that have a common goal," Ezzeddine said.

SHRM is now the thirteenth active student organization within the business school.

The next SHRM meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12. Email for information.

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