On Aug. 25, the Clayton State University chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) won the Best in Georgia Award (the Student Chapter of the Year) from the Society for Human Resource Management Georgia State Council.
Winners of the Student Chapter of the Year Award are selected based on a proposal submitted by the chapters that demonstrates excellence in the execution of a project related to one of SHRM’s core areas. The Clayton State SHRM chapter submitted a proposal which outlined their successful, “Dress for Success Fashion Show & Industry Panel,” which was held in April 2014.
“This is the first time they have given a student chapter of the year award. Previously, only professional chapters have been awarded this honor,” says Clayton State SHRM Chapter Faculty Advisor Dr. Margaret Thompson. “The Council was so impressed with our proposal that they created a new category for student chapters. Going forward, they will add this new category to their roster of awards -- all because Clayton State inspired them to do so!
“My fellow faculty advisor, Dr. Leon Prieto and I are so proud of Clayton State University Student SHRM Chapter President Xavier Smith and his team for this award! Great work!”
Prieto notes that Clayton State SHRM’s submitted proposal highlighted the impact of the Dress for Success event and how it did a good job engaging the students in a fun yet educational format, in which guest panelists from CNN, Kaiser Permanente, and other prominent Atlanta businesses, gave candid and refreshing insight on what goes on in the minds of interviewers when job candidates make poor first impressions based on their attire.
“In order to demonstrate the do’s and don’ts, various models ripped the runway in appropriate and inappropriate clothing,” he explains. “The panelists then went through each outfit to specifically critique what would be considered a do and what would be considered a don’t.”
Student Chapter President Xavier Smith (Conley, Ga.), chapter member Gail-Ann Mills (Jamaica), and faculty advisors Prieto and Thompson were present to collect the award at the Crown Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia.