Education & Professional Development Areas of Volunteerism

Areas of Volunteerism:

• General Education & Professional Development committee member:  Our committee meets once a month for approximately 1 hour.  We are always looking for individuals who want to be more involved.  Come and try out the committee and see what areas interest you.  We have ongoing opportunities and those that arise throughout the year for you to get involved and support the chapter.

• College Relations:  Working with the student SHRM chapters at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, and UW-Whitewater, the student chapter liaisons work with the students as they plan their chapters’ events and programs and help promote HR as a profession. Activities include: assisting student chapters in selecting speakers for chapter meetings; promoting internships, job shadowing and mentoring opportunities; and offering guidance and financial assistance in planning the WI SHRM Student Conference/HR Games.

• Certification:  Activities include conducting certification information sessions in the Spring and Fall, submitting applications to offer a “special certification test site” in Madison, coordinating and organizing the informal study groups, securing volunteer facilitators for the modules and coordinating their facilitation materials, acting as the chief liaison to the local College and University program, coordinating the official recognition of members who successfully certify, and providing periodic educational and promotional announcements encouraging professional certification/re-certification.

• Scholarships: GMA SHRM has established a professional scholarship program, for GMA SHRM members, encouraging continuing education in the HR field. One $1,000 non-renewable scholarship is available annually to a GMA SHRM member to support their professional development.  GMA SHRM also established two $750 non-renewable student scholarships for students enrolled as a student in a two or four year business related undergraduate program, such as human resources or related course of study at a Wisconsin college or university, encouraging the continual pursuit of achieving an education in the HR field.