Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies Alumni Association

The Alumni Association of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies (CHRLS) promotes leadership in the field of human resources and industrial relations by providing academic and professional learning experiences, facilitating access to the center's resources, and sharing professional opportunities, while strengthening the relationship between its alumni and the Carlson School, the University of Minnesota, and the broader community. The CHRLS Alumni Association is governed by a 21-member Board of Directors who work to build a community of engaged alumni by:

  • Connecting alumni with each other in order to increase networks and deepen relationships
  • Promoting professional competence and leadership through ongoing learning opportunities
  • Facilitating alumni awareness and access to available CHRLS opportunities and resources
  • Communicating the benefits of involvement with other alumni and students

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HR Tomorrow Conference

  • April 21, 2023

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Alumni Mentoring Committee will provide opportunities for connecting students and alumni together. The first of these opportunities is the HRIR Alumni Mentoring Program, which matches alumni, one-on-one, with current HRIR students for a one-year commitment. The program will kick off in early December 2022 and continue through August 2023.

Applications are now being accepted for Alumni Mentors; please fill out this questionnaire before November 11, 2022. And, if you have any questions, please contact us at

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As an Alumni Board, we also coordinate the annual HR Tomorrow Conference to provide a venue for the exchange of ideas, a professional and academic learning experience and an on-going connection to the CHRLS. This is a premier event that attracts over 325 attendees each year, and offers professional development as well as the opportunity to network with alumni, faculty and peers in the HR and business community.

The Alumni Engagement Committee was formed in 2017 to strengthen the CHRLS alumni network and create a formal structure for reinforcing relationships and re-engaging alumni with the program. The committee's initiatives will help in building a pipeline of alumni to pull from for conference speakers, future board members, mentors, and national and global representatives of the program.

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Membership in the CHRLS Alumni Association is open to all HRIR graduates and undergraduate alumni; there is no application process or membership fee, and graduation is not required. To serve on the Board of Directors of the CHRLS Alumni Association, members must have completed all requirements of the MA-IR or MA-HRIR program and been granted their degree. Please contact for more information.

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