Society for Human Resource Management earns national award

June 12, 2017

Our award-winning Society for Human Resource Management team

Each year, the Quinnipiac student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management raises the bar on professional development, enabling members to network, gain insight from real professionals into the field of human resource management, and develop the necessary skills to begin successful careers.

It’s no surprise then that the student-run organization earned the Superior Merit Award from the Society for Human Resource Management, the largest human resource professional society in the world.

“This is their third Superior Merit Award, which illustrates their hard work and dedication,” said management professor Julia Fullick-Jagiela, the chapter’s faculty adviser. “I am extremely proud of our chapter’s performance.”

Over what Fullick describes as a “stellar year,” SHRM@QU has organized numerous seminars, workshops and other events hosted by guest speakers from organizations, including Travelers Insurance, Gartner, Edible Arrangements, Electri-Cable Assemblies and the Employers Association of the NorthEast.

“We’ve grown a great deal over the past year,” said business management major and chapter president Kristina Maceira ‘18. “We’ve really been accomplishing our goals and creating an impactful learning environment for our members.”

As chapter president, Maceira acts as both event coordinator and professional liaison for its members. She works tirelessly to develop its growing network — one that has helped several students obtain competitive internships and other professional opportunities.

Maceira also co-organized and ran SHRM’s Diversity and Inclusion Day this year. The event included an engaging Q&A session that addressed many current social and societal changes affecting human resources practices in the workplace today. 

“Employees who identity as transgender, for example, may need to use a particular bathroom,” Maceira explained. “Human resource personnel need to assist the individual respectfully, without drawing attention to them throughout the office.”

For Maceira, an employee’s work efficiency hinges on their appreciation, and she plans on pursuing a master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology following her graduation.

“We are currently working to connect with other local SHRM chapters at both the student and professional level,” she said. “This can grow our network pool and provide more opportunities for our members.”

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