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CSUB Student Chapter Receives Merit Award

Society for Human Resource Management grants award for excellence and achievement

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) awarded a 2020-21 superior merit award to the California State University, Bakersfield SHRM student chapter for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members. 

The SHRM Student Chapter Merit Award program encourages the development of more effective student chapters and distinguishes outstanding activities and projects. Chapters are recognized based on operations, chapter programming and professional development of members, support of the human resource profession, and SHRM engagement. 

“The members of our SHRM student chapters represent the next generation of HR leaders, and it’s critical to highlight the instrumental role they play in SHRM’s success,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM president and CEO. “The hard work of the CSUB SHRM chapter shows the future of the profession is, indeed, in good hands. I applaud their accomplishments and ability to foster innovative programming, development, and interest in HR as we navigate changing workplaces.”

SHRM student chapters have the opportunity to earn an award based on the number of activities they complete during the merit award cycle, the most recent one of which lasted from May 1, 2020, to April 30, 2021.

2018 Case Competition, 1st place team

The CSUB SHRM student chapter was established in 2006 and usually has anywhere between 25 and 50 student members in a given year. Some recent accomplishments include: serving as the host campus for the 2019 SHRM case competition, wherein 65 students from nine universities competed in oral and written presentations; presenting three webinars in 2020 about HR analytics, school to work transition, and working at CSUB; and assisting Associated Students, Inc. and the Center for Career Education and Community Engagement in several areas to help them to have successful programs.

 This is the fifth year in a row that CSUB received this honor.


 “It’s a special recognition for the students,” said Tom See, faculty adviser. “We’re one of a few California universities that are aligned with SHRM national criteria. That means our curriculum, our tests, our activities meet their level of professional competencies. Not every university gets this.” 

See gave a special thanks to past chapter president Jorge Garcia and the current president, Trinidad Rodriguez.

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