Student Organizations

Society of Human Resource Management/Society of Labor and Employment Relations


Members of a combined Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and The Society of Labor and Employment Relations (SLER)The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and The Society of Labor and Employment Relations (SLER) have merged into one organization (SHRM-SLER).  

SHRM-SLER has a strong affiliation with both the School of Labor and Employment Relations and the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Because of these two affiliations SHRM-SLER's activities focus around both professional opportunities through SHRM and also opportunities to engage and network with the School of Labor and Employment Relation's alumni and faculty through different events and activities.  

SHRM-SLER's major goal is to increase member's professional development in the fields of human resources and employment relations.  We do this through a number of events, including:

  • Professional development workshops
  • Monthly member meetings and alumni conversations
  • SHRM case competition each spring
  • Mentor-ship program
  • Networking trips

We also have activities geared toward networking and engaging with fellow club members along with the School of Labor and Employment Relation's alumni, faculty, and staff.  These activities include fundraising efforts for both THON and Relay for Life, our Fall Hayride, our Student Faculty Bowling event, IM Volleyball, and much more!

Student Works at Penn State

Student Works at Penn State members sharing information

Student Works at Penn State (SWAPS) is an official Penn State student organization, sponsored by Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations. SWAPS is a student group focused on labor rights, fair workplaces, and understanding how improving workers' rights also helps to improve our communities. Our student members have educated themselves about issues such as support for unions, voting rights, student debt, and the minimum wage. They have also advocated for these issues, and others, by conducting research, organizing teach-ins, and collecting petition signatures. SWAPS helps connect students with unions and other justice organizations in the labor movement. SWAPS student members have also secured paid internships with Pennsylvania unions and SWAPS has provided many networking opportunities for students interested in a career in labor or in other social justice organizations. Interested students should contact .SWAPS 2

United Students Against Sweatshops

 United Students Against Sweatshops members at a protestUnited Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) is a student run organization focused on improving labor rights both in the United States and globally. USAS has over 150 chapters across the country. We are committed to holding our university and the brands that produce our university logo apparel responsible for ethical business practices. USAS has successfully won campaigns against Adidas, Nike, and Russell, as well as campaigns in support of local campus workers. For more information, contact .