TCHRMA is a regional chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): the world’s largest HR membership organization. Dedicated to promoting and enhancing the careers of Lowcountry HR professionals, TCHRMA offers a wealth of networking and learning opportunities, such as reviews of newly-issued national guidelines and social events. Stewart, who holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources from Webster University, had been looking for opportunities to indulge her academic interests, and was eager to apply when she learned of the Student Liaison opening on the TCHRMA board. “It was the best of both worlds,” she says, “I love working with students, and I have a strong liking for HR management.”
In her new role, Stewart will be helping to promote communications between TCHRMA and student chapters, and will endeavor to bridge the gap between HR practitioners and students. While several South Carolina universities host SHRM-affiliated student clubs, there are few resources for interested students in the tri-country area: something Stewart hopes to change during her TCHRMA tenure. “What I want to focus on – because a lot of colleges in the area do not have clubs – is forming a Tri-county Student Organization.” Noting that the SPS does not currently offer an HR management program, Stewart continues, “I would love to have students from the College of Charleston, who are interested in the HR field, come join once we have this chapter implemented.” Stewart is also looking to consult with other area institutions, to learn more about what subject areas are of interest to those studying HR.
Stewart encourages local HR professionals to become involved with the college community, particularly if they might be willing to offer student internships. Both personally, and in her role as Student Liaison, Stewart considers Human Resources to be an exciting and rewarding profession, and would be delighted to speak with students interested in the HR field. Carla Stewart may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.