CAHRA's Core Leadership Areas

College Relations Committee

Assist a college in chartering a new SHRM student chapter or reactivating an inactive student chapter.  Provide support to a local student chapter through a variety of measures which could include: 

1.  Encourage students to participate in the SHRM Case Competition at the region’s SHRM student conference
2.  Sponsor SHRM and/or chapter memberships for student chapter faculty advisor
3.  Provide speakers for student chapters, arrange student company tours, participate in career day activities
4.  Provide assistance for students to participate in the region’s SHRM student conference
5.  Provide a scholarship or recognition award to college student(s)
6.  Coordinate/arrange for internships for students to gain HR knowledge
7.  Encourage engagement of student members in the chapter through a variety of measures that could include:
      a.  Invite students to professional chapter meetings and programs
      b.  Offer free membership or reduced chapter membership dues for student members
      c.  Offer free or reduced chapter meeting attendance fees for student members
8.  Coordinate a conversion membership program for recent graduates to assist them as they make the
      transition from students to HR professionals
9.  Provide a scholarship or recognition award to college student(s)
10.  Participate in a student/member mentoring program
11.  Coordinate/arrange for internships for students to gain HR knowledge.

Legislative/Government Affairs Committee

In coordination with the SHRM Government Affairs (GA) department and in support of the SHRM Advocacy Team initiative, develop and implement a chapter outreach program to establish/enhance relationships with state and federal elected officials. Chapters are strongly encouraged to coordinate such efforts with the GA’s Senior Associate for Member Advocacy, ensuring consistency of SHRM’s messaging on current HR public policy matters.

Develop and implement (or maintain) an information sharing campaign to engage your members in the legislative process which include tactics such as:

1.  Presenting, at least quarterly, a legislative update at chapter meetings
2.  Providing, at least quarterly, a legislative update in the chapter newsletter (either online or print)
3.  A chapter representative attends the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference and participates in the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day:
     a.  Reporting back to the chapter on the conference and the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day is a great way to include the members in the experience.
     b.  Share what you learned on your Hill visit through your update column in the newsletter or in your update at the chapter meeting.

Certification Committee

 Create/Conduct an HRCI and/or SHRM Certification Exam study group which may include:

1.  Co-sponsoring or partnering on a university-based certification preparation study course
2.  Taking advantage of the special discount program available to chapters and purchasing copies of study material
3.  Learning System (both facilitator and participant versions) for use in a chapter study group.

 Develop and implement a certification awareness campaign which could include:

1.  Promote the benefits and value of certification (HRCI and SHRM)
2.  Use the HRCI and SHRM toolkits for promoting certification in the chapter
3.  Educate members on the recertification process, including using the online recertification system
4.  Recognize certified chapter members at a chapter program, or otherwise recognize or reward certified
5.  Promote the online assessment exams and certification guides.

Membership Committee

Develop and implement (or maintain) a SHRM membership campaign that could include tactics such as:

1.  Hold a special chapter program on the value of SHRM membership
2.  Hold at least one chapter event to recruit SHRM at-large members to chapter members
3.  Include a link to the SHRM membership application ( on the chapter’s web site
4.  Publicize SHRM’s special membership promotion programs (e.g., the discounted first-time SHRM
     membership fee for chapter members, SHRM online membership promotions, SHRM regional discount
     codes for first-time members—obtain the regional promo code from your Field Services Director).

Develop and implement (or maintain) a SHRM retention campaign that could include tactics such as:

1.  Member recognition program
2.  Hold a special chapter program on the value of SHRM membership
3.  Use a “looped” PowerPoint presentation at the beginning of your chapter meeting or event to highlight SHRM member benefits and/or upcoming conferences in addition to your chapter activities.

SHRM Foundation Committee

Develop and implement (or maintain) a campaign to educate chapter members about the mission and work of the SHRM Foundation which could include tactics such as:

1.  Promote the SHRM Foundation in chapter newsletters, e-mails, and/or on chapter web site
2.  Request SHRM Foundation materials (e.g., annual campaign brochure, latest educational products, etc.) from the SHRM Foundation staff; make these available at chapter meetings
3.  Make a presentation about the SHRM Foundation at a chapter meeting (PowerPoint template available at
4.  Use the SHRM Foundation’s educational DVDs in a chapter program (companion PowerPoint presentation and discussion guide are available at—Note: These are preapproved for re-certification credit!
5.  Highlight the availability of the Effective Practice Guidelines series (available for free download at, or contact SHRM Foundation staff for printed copies)
6.  Promote the SHRM Foundation’s scholarship programs to chapter members. The application due date for SHRM professional members is July 15 and for student members is October 15.

Provide support to the SHRM Foundation by embarking upon an awareness campaign to increase monetary donations as follows:

1.  Make a monetary contribution to the SHRM Foundation from the chapter’s funds
2.  Conduct a leadership campaign encouraging giving by each member of the chapter’s board of directors
3.  Encourage chapter members to include the SHRM Foundation in their personal charitable giving.

Workforce Readiness Committee

 Create communication and education plans for chapter and hold at least one chapter program to promote awareness and knowledge of the value and importance of workforce readiness programs:

1.  Partner with the regional Workforce Investment Board or similar agency to place new or re-entering workers into the workforce
2.  Engage and partner with local, state or national workforce readiness organization, such as Junior Achievement, America’s Promise, etc., to complement and support the workforce readiness efforts in the community. Local support may include sponsoring or participating in community workforce readiness activities (e.g., job shadowing, mock interviews, speakers for schools, career counseling, etc.)
3.  Engage a local higher education institution, such as community college, technical school, college or university, to build/strengthen relationships between the business and education communities
4.  Participate in a national or statewide workforce readiness initiative, such as Job Shadow Day, workforce readiness certification (e.g., WorkKeys) or Jobs for America’s Graduates. You will be asked to provide the name of the program in your description and your level of involvement.

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee shall monitor and evaluate on a continuing basis local activities concerning diversity issues. Spearhead the effort to diversify the chapter's membership/leadership and to publicize successful diversity programs in the local community.

1.  Develop and/or distribute information and materials to chapter members to promote diversity in the workplace
2.  Publicize to chapter members examples of successful diversity efforts being undertaken by chapter members in their particular workplaces
3.  Identify minorities and other individuals with diverse backgrounds in the local area who might be interested in joining the chapter
4.  Identify current chapter members with diverse backgrounds who might be interested in volunteer leadership opportunities
5.  Be available for presentations if and when appropriate, or help to identify both diversity programs/speakers for conferences or chapter programs and speakers with diverse backgrounds for conferences or chapter programs
6.  Network with other diversity directors from other chapters within the state
7.  Coordinate efforts in developing diversity initiatives that can serve as models for other chapters
8.  Participate in SHRM Diversity Core Leadership Area conference calls and webcasts
9.  Participate in the development and implementation of short-term and long-term strategic planning for the chapter
10.  Represent the chapter in the human resources community
11.  Coordinate a resume service or job bank for local members and employers.