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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 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 2022-2023 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


Membership Guidelines


To be a member in good standing, you must:

Attend at least 2 VUSHRM events per semester (16 weeks) 
Attend at least 1 outside SHRM event (Philly SHRM, GVFHRA, Temple SHRM, etc.) per academic year (August-May) 
Must submit outside events to be approved by VUSHRM officers via the Outside Events form 
Attend at least 1 general body meeting per semester (16 weeks) 

Access the full guideline sheet here

Member Appreciation



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, attend one of our VUSHRM events! At the conclusion of each event, we will spin the raffle wheel and randomly choose one member's name as the winner. 

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2022-2023 VUSHRM Board
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Co-President | Jennifer Casalino

Hi everyone, I'm Jen! I am from Clark, NJ and I am a second year student and Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. I'm a proud Villanova alum with a major in Economics and minors in Communication and Spanish. This summer I completed an internship with United Airlines in their Global Learning department and I am eager to build on my experiences in the classroom!

Contact Jen by email or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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Co-President | Tiana Drake

Hello everyone, I'm Tiana! I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania and have lived throughout the state for most of my life. After graduating from West Chester University with a degree in Psychology, I decided to pursue my Master's in Human Resources here at Villanova. Over the summer I completed an internship at Qurate Retail Group within their HR team as a Workforce Transformation Intern. Currently, I'm a second-year student and Graduate Assistant in the HRD program and I am looking forward soaking up the last of my classes and expanding my HR expertise! 

Contact Tiana 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 grew up in Nepal. I did my Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a major in Finance. Currently, I am a second-year graduate student at Villanova and a Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. I am grateful to be a part of this program as it allowed me to explore the different facets of Human Resources. I intend to obtain the HR Business Partner Certificate through this program with a specialization in benefit and compensation to take advantage of my background in finance.  

Contact Ayushi 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 second-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 love being a part of the HRD program and look forward to expanding my knowledge in HR.  

Contact Katia by email or connect with her on LinkedIn.


Director of Membership Engagement | Marisa D'Errico

Hi y'all, my name is Marisa! I am originally from Southern California but moved to Austin, Texas four years ago for undergrad. I graduated from Southwestern University with a Business major and a minor in Spanish. I am a first year Graduate Assistant in the HRD program. My background is in talent acquisition and some marketing, where I interned with the YMCA and a small start-up company, but I am excited to explore the different avenues that HRD has to offer!

Contact Marisa by email or connect with her 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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