Society of Human Resource Management/Society of Labor and Employment Relations
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 on 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
- Mentorship 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!
If you want to learn more about SHRM-SLER, please contact the club’s current president, Shaelyn Dowd. If you would like to be added to receive our emails, please contact the club’s current secretary, Julia Byrd.
SHRM/SLER in the News
Check out this news story about the club! Past presidents Mary Enger and Alexandra Luongo talk about their experiences with SHRM/SLER and the benefits of joining.
SHRM-SLER Officers for the 2022–2023 Academic Year
Student Works at Penn State
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 Lauren Caviston.
United Students Against Sweatshops
United 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. Interested students should contact Lauren Caviston.