I'm a Changemaker - Carmen Edwards
Baton Rouge - Carmen Edwards is a student of Louisiana State University, in the E.J Ourso College of Business, majoring in HR Management and minoring in Leadership Development. Even though she grew up in Florida, she was raised by a family full of LSU fans, and had always kept LSU in the back of her mind as a future option for her college career. When the nursing school in Florida she was attending didn’t work out, the limitless possibilities LSU had to offer drew her in and she moved to Baton Rouge.
Her background in nursing education inspired her to choose a degree path that would allow her to help people in some way. She wanted to be well-rounded in different areas in HR while majoring in HR Management, so she added classes in the LHRD program to her curriculum to learn more about the leadership portion of the field. In the future, Carmen plans on working as an HR assistant or generalist to initiate her HR career, which is currently geared towards legal and compliance issues, but is subject to change.
“Leadership and Human Resource Development is helping yourself and other recognize talents, skills, and areas to improve upon, while connecting with all resources available to assist with channeling potential to create not only a better working environment, but also a better version of yourself”.
Carmen hopes to use the knowledge she gains in the program to continue to develop her leadership skills by being active in the community and encouraging her colleagues to do the same. As a change-maker, that means being a person that not only recognizes issues and problems around them, but uses their available resources to enact positive change. The HRE degree taught Carmen how to be impactful and culturally competent, by teaching her that the work environment is changing and the best way to adapt is to not only accept change, but to anticipate and prepare for future changes.
“The classes I’ve taken in the LHRD program helped me realize my own leadership potential to enact change, but also how to recognize potential ad talents with people I interact with”.
For any students that want to not only work with people, but help them change their working environment for the better, love a challenge, and desire to grow, Carmen encourages you to join the LHRD program at LSU.
The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world-class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in human resource and leadership development. The BS, MS, PhD, and certificate programs are designed to develop the leadership, planning, analytical, problem solving, and change management capabilities that today's globalized organizations need to be successful. SLHRD also offers a 100% online master’s program and is a school within the College of Human Sciences & Education.
About the College of Human Sciences & Education
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.
Contact: Jeffery S. Portier
SLHRD Public Relations Coordinator