Villanova SHRM Student Chapter


The Villanova University SHRM Chapter is an active student group founded in 1985.  This student organization is an affiliate of the Society of Human Resource Management.  

VUSHRM is run by a Board of HRD graduate students who organize and coordinate interactive programming for students in the Human Resource Development graduate program and all VUSHRM members.

This student SHRM chapter has been awarded both the Outstanding Chapter Award and Superior Merit Award dozens of times since it was founded.  Most recently, VUSHRM was one of only fifteen chapters that were awarded the Outstanding Merit Award for 2020-2021!

Throughout the year, VUSHRM plans networking opportunities, hosts workplace site visits, coordinates a mentoring programs, holds professional development workshops and actively volunteers in the community.

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Joining VUSHRM is an excellent way for students interested in HR to jump start a career in human resources! 


Membership for the 2021-2022 academic year will be FREE for all students interested in joining VUSHRM. All events are FREE to attend.

(Note: Some special programs offered may require a fee to register.)

If you are interested in joining VUSHRM please fill out this form. Please use your Villanova email address when completing the form.


All VUSHRM members are encouraged to also join the SHRM National Organization.  SHRM National Student membership is available at a discounted rate and includes all the amazing resources for HR professionals.  Information on joining SHRM National can be found here.

Graduating VUSHRM members who have a Student National Membership can switch to a SHRM Professional Membership at a discounted rate. 

VUSHRM Monthly Newsletters

Stay up to date on VUSHRM activities through the monthly newsletter. Check the link at the top of this page for this month's newsletter.

Archived newsletters

Member of the Month

Each month, VUSRHM will recognize a member as a token of our appreciation for their involvement in our SHRM chapter and events! The winner will be recognized on our social media and receive an item from our VUSHRM Shop!

To enter to win, use this form to submit the events that you attended, a picture from the event (selfie, picture of event setup, or even a screen-grab from a virtual event), and your name and email. Submissions for each month will be due on the 1st of the following month (for example, all events from October need to be submitted by November 1st). 

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2021-2022 VUSHRM Board
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President | Jennifer Casalino

Hi everyone, I'm Jen! I am from Clark, NJ and I am a first year student in the HRD program. I am also a Graduate Assistant for the VU HRD department. I recently graduated from Villanova with a major in Economics and Minors in Communication and Spanish. I am so excited to begin pursuing my Master's here at Villanova and exploring all that HR has to offer!

Contact Jen by email or connect with her on LinkedIn.


Director of Chapter Operations | Ayushi Goyal

Hello everybody! My name is Ayushi Goyal. I am originally from India but was raised in Nepal. I did my undergraduate studies (Bachelor in Business Administration) at Kathmandu University, Nepal, where I majored in Finance. Currently, I am a first-year graduate student at Villanova and a Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. I am thrilled to explore the different facets of Human Resources and become a well-rounded HR professional.

Contact Ayushi by email or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Director of Marketing and Communications | Tiana Drake

Hello everyone, I'm Tiana! I'm from a small town in Pennsylvania called Lincoln University, and I am a first-year student and Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. I recently graduated from West Chester University with a major in Psychology where I participated in an Industrial-Organizational Psychology lab for two years. I am so excited to begin my Master's here at Villanova and be a part of the HRD program. I can't wait to dive into all that HR has to offer!

Contact Tiana by email or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Director of Finance | Katia Rubanzana Umutoni

Hi everyone! My name is Katia, and I am from Kigali, Rwanda. I am a first-year graduate student and a Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. I graduated from Dickinson College with a Psychology major and Africana Studies minor. Before coming to Villanova for my master's, I worked in Rwanda for an HR consultancy firm on their talent acquisition team doing recruitment. During my work there I developed a passion for HR and grew an interest in how to successfully manage talent in line with an organization's goals. I am excited about being part of the HRD program and cannot wait to further my knowledge in HR.  

Contact Katia by email or connect with him on LinkedIn.

Support VUSHRM

VUSHRM is a student run organization funded entirely through a small Villanova student organization budget, donations, and fundraising.  All the merchandise on the VUSHRM Shop will help to support VUSHRM programming. 

All the t-shirts you see in this picture and the hat are available to purchase in limited quantities and sizes.  Shipping is included in all prices.  (Please not that shipping is sent USPS first-class and may take 7-10 business days to arrive.) 


Thank you for supporting VUSHRM!

Get Involved

Members of the Villanova SHRM chapter are encouraged to also get involved with their local SHRM professional chapters for additional resources, local networking, and professional development events.


Use this list to connect with some of the local Philadelphia chapters and see their event information, check out each of their websites:

  • Philly SHRM - Philadelphia Chapter of SHRM

  • GVFHRA - Greater Valley Forge Human Resource Association

  • DELCO SHRM - Delaware County SHRM

  • CCHRA - Chester Country Human Resource Association

  • SEPA SHRM - Southeastern Pennsylvania SHRM

If you are not in the Philadelphia area, you can use the SHRM Chapter Locator to find a local chapter in your area. 

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