The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the leading organization in human resource management with over 120,000 professional and 9,000 student members worldwide.

The student chapter at the University of Illinois (SSHRM) provides opportunities for students to advance their knowledge of issues, trends, and career opportunities and to network with business professionals and fellow students. SSHRM holds regular meetings with featured speakers and facilitates interactions with the Central Illinois and Chicago professional chapters. To find out more information, visit our Linktree. Check out the national website at

Chapter Highlights

  • Top Ten Chapter, 1999-2000
  • Superior Merit Award, 1998, 2001-2007, 2010, 2011
  • Host of the North Central Region HR Games on April 8-9, 2005

Benefits of SSHRM Membership

  • Chapter projects and activities related to the human resources field
  • Contact with the “real world” of human resources through the local professional chapter
  • Information about the latest HR news and trends through presentations from professionals
  • Networking with business leaders of today, as well as those of tomorrow
  • Who’s Who in HR – a directory of SHRM’s professional members and professional and student chapters.
  • Invitation to submit a resume in the SHRM annual Resume Book, seen by professional members attending the National SHRM Conference

Benefits of Student Membership in National SHRM

  • For $49, you get all of the advantages of full professional membership ($264)
  • Subscriptions to HRMagazine, HRNews and “Echoes” student newsletter
  • SHRM Book Service – discounted prices on HR publications
  • Request bibliographies on HR topics for research assistance
  • Attend the national conference for a special rate
  • Qualify for scholarships or awards
  • SHRM Student Membership Perks (pdf)

How to Get Involved

All current LER students are considered members of SSHRM, and there is no membership fee.  Students are welcome to attend general meetings, which are announced via email.  Please contact Rachel Becker or Logan Spainhower for additional information.


President: Logan Spainhower
Vice President: Rachel Becker
Secretary: Austa Schley
Treasurer: Sean Lim
Membership Director: T’Keya Hicks
Public Relations Director: Rachel Becker
Programming Director: Sabiha Uddin
Succession Director: Elena Shkolnikova

Wellness Committee

Based on our knowledge about Human Resources, we know that Health & Wellness is an important aspect of that job. The HR Generalists who implement wellness programs within corporations understand that a vital part of being successful in an organization is being healthy. As many say, “a healthy worker is successful worker.” Employers offer benefits to incentivize employees to go to the doctor and stay healthy when life becomes overwhelmingly busy as many of us are during recruiting season and finals.

Established in 2015, by alumna Cassie Smith, the Wellness Committee is under the SSHRM umbrella and is dedicated to improving student’s overall stress and time management. Members encourage healthy living by providing students with knowledge and activities that focus around health and well being. Committee officers are responsible for driving the creation, development, management and execution of Health & Wellness programs and partnerships specific to early career HR professionals.


President: Kyley Rothermel
Vice President: Mackenzie Schabowski
Treasurer: Erin Shalala
Event Coordinator: Mary Ellis
Communication Liaison: Tytrick Miller