Chatham University

Student Organizations

Student Organizations at Chatham

Chatham University recognizes that learning is accomplished beyond the formality of the classroom through organized academic activities and the activities of student organizations. Hence, the University provides opportunities for students to organize and to participate in group activities intended to broaden the scope of general learning, to extend knowledge of specialized areas, and to serve their professional, cultural, social and recreational interests.

The Office of Student Activities serves as the main contact for all student organizations at Chatham University and provides numerous services to help students excel in their organizations including:

  • Student Organization Policies & Procedures
    • Student Organization Policies & Procedures Manual - A complete guide on all the policies and procedures related to student organizations (how to reserve a room for an event, chalking, food services, publicity ideas, and much more). A current copy can be downloaded on myChatham.

    • Each semester student organizations participate in several sessions to review Chatham policies and procedures and to connect with the Office of Student Activities staff members.


    • Beginning this year, student organizations will enroll in the Student Organizations Policies & Procedures moodle site to stay up to date on the latest Chatham policies and procedures, ask and answer questions, and share organizational tips.

  • E-Communications
    Student organizations receive a biweekly email from the Office of Student Activities sharing updates and leadership opportunities to maintain an open line of communication.
  • Activities Fair
    Each semester, the Student Activities Fair occurs where student organizations can recruit members and participate in fun events!
  • Student Leadership & Student Organization Recognition Program
    In April, we celebrate accomplishments with student leaders and student organizations through a leadership awards dinner. Student organizations and individuals can apply for student awards for a chance to be recognized for their hard work and contributions to the Chatham community!

Student Organizations are a great way to get involved on campus. Please read about the organizations listed below to find one or many that you would be interested in joining. Students who would like to connect with an organization can contact the Office of Student Activities at or 412-365-1281.


Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society
This service-based student organization is for non-traditional students ages 24 and older who have earned 24 credit hours at Chatham University and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Amnesty International
The purpose of the organization is to promote and advocate for the basic rights and freedoms of all people, and to raise awareness about cases in which these rights are being infringed. 

Bake Club
The purpose of Bake Club is to have a community of women that will creatively express themselves through baking.

Beta Beta Beta
This group functions as an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences.

Beyond the Page - An Unconventional Book Club

The purpose of the organizations shall be to further connections between English and Creative Writing majors as well as to include any individual who is interested in expanding their love and knowledge of literature. The organization will also foster an appreciation of literature and the arts through discussion and awareness of issues pertaining to the world of books.

Black Student Union (BSU)
This organization provides programs to meet the academic, cultural, political and social needs of black students. The BSU also sponsors programs that promote diversity and cultural awareness.

Blue Key Honor Society
The Blue Key Honor Society is dedicated to inducting balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.  Each member must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and earned 60 credit hours.

Buhl Society
The objective of this club is to enhance in any way possible the formal scientific education received by students at the college and to promote the philosophies of science in the community.

Chabad House at Chatham
Chabad House at Chatham is the place where Judaism comes alive through a variety of social and learning opportunities.

Chatham Activities Board (CAB)
This group serves as the primary activities planning board on campus which oversees major traditions such as Battle of the Classes, Eggnog and Holiday Ball, and many more.

Chatham Christian Fellowship (CCF)
Chatham Christian Fellowship (CCF) aims to provide fellowship among those who share a common faith and to educate others about the Christian faith. 

Chatham Cross-Cultural Connections Club
Focusing on promoting intercultural dialogues, this organization provides a positive environment for interaction between international and domestic students.

Chatham Forensics Club
This group provides opportunities to explore various fields that constitute modern forensics, which encompass natural and social science application of law and legal services at the local, national and global levels.

Chatham Marketing Association
This group fosters the scientific study and research in the field of marketing.

Chatham Music Club
The Chatham Music Club presents an artistic approach that allows students to express and share their interest, creativity, and/or talent musically.

Chatham Student Government (CSG)
This is the official governing body for the undergraduate student body. CSG provides leadership through policy development, programming, and working with student organizations, and the University administration.

Chatham University of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Student Chapter
This organization wishes to inspire students by promoting the value of interior design.

Chatham University Chapter of the American Association of University Women

The purpose of the organization shall be to break through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance in society.

Chatham University Dance Team (Cougar Cubs)
The purpose of this organization shall be to perform/exercise the art of athletic dance in a safe environment in order to ultimately build sisterhood, and relationships, as well as Chatham pride.

Chatham University Nursing Honor Society
This society recognizes superior achievement and leadership qualities, while fostering creative work high professional standards.

Chatham University Theatre Club

The purpose of the organization will be to produce theatrical works, as well as workshops such as compositions and to attend productions outside of Chatham University.

Class of 2013
This organization represents one of the longest standing traditions at Chatham University in coordinating bonds through various activities amongst the Sophomore class.

Class of 2014
This organization represents one of the longest standing traditions at Chatham University in coordinating bonds through various activities amongst the Junior class.

Class of 2015
This organization represents one of the longest standing traditions at Chatham University in coordinating bonds through various activities amongst the Senior class.

The Communiqué is Chatham's student newspaper which contains campus news, information on events and activities, and local and national news of interest to the Chatham community.

Creative Writing Club
The purpose of this club is for writers to help each other develop their skills as writers and to strengthen the writing community.

Creativity for Change
This organization seeks to create collaboration between art and activism to spark the Chatham community.

Education Club of Chatham University
The mission of the group is to help students gain a better understanding of the education field as well as helping to enrich the young community around the University. They also advocate for quality public education, and promote networking and professionalism as well as being a voice for the education field.

Feminist Activists Creating Equality (F.A.C.E.)
The purpose of Feminist Activists Creating Equality (FACE) shall be to promote women empowerment, address discrimination issues based on gender, and lastly, raise awareness of crimes targeted to women, including but not limited to, sexual assault, harassment and reproductive issues.

The purpose of this group is to celebrate, advance, and learn about film.

Gateway Student Association (GSA)
This group will act as a resource for non-traditional adult students to enjoy a full campus experience through social and educational programs and activities, as well as a liaison to the Chatham community to present the interests and concerns of its members.

Graduate Film Society (GFS)
The purpose of this group is to provide a group in which members have the opportunity to further explore film in its creative and academic connotations.

Graduate Student Assembly
The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is the governing board for the graduate student body. GSA strives to work with student representatives from each graduate program to represent graduate students with the University administration, initiate social and educational programs, and oversee the GSA budget.

Green Horizons
The purpose of the organization shall be to educate students about and advocate for environmental issues.

Her Campus Chatham

The purpose of the Her Campus Chatham organization is to provide an online hub for Chatham’s women by providing content that is both a resource and a source of entertainment, highlighting campus news, events, interesting students, faculty, alumni, campus photos, and fashion and lifestyle content specifically tailored for women at Chatham.

Legerdemain: The Chatham University Juggling Club
This group shares the joys of juggling with Chatham community.

MFA Writing Council
This organization promotes the creative writers of the Chatham community and beyond.

Minor Bird
This literary magazine serves as a creative channel for an individual's literary and artistic expressions.

Mortar Board: Hood & Tassel Chapter
Mortar Board is a National College Honor Society which is dedicated to upholding the principles of scholarship, leadership, and service.  Only students expecting senior standing in the next semester and with an overall QPA in the top 7% of their class in their department are eligible to be invited to become members.

Muslim Student Association
The purpose of this organization shall be to spread awareness and tolerance of the Islamic religion on the campus of Chatham University.

Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society

Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social and religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, and the mass media; creative and performing arts.  The organization places emphasis upon the development of the whole person, both as a present member of his/her college community and as a prospective contributor to a better society.

Peer Educators at Chatham in Health (PEACHES)
The purpose of this organization is to provide activities and programs on campus promoting awareness, wellness, and health education to the Chatham community.

Phi Alpha Honor Society
The purpose of this chapter is to recognize and promote scholastic achievement among students and faculty involved in the undergraduate social work program.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and to freedom of inquiry and expression.

Physician Assistant Student Extracurricular Activities (PA-SEA)

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide all of its student members with activities and extracurricular events for Physician Assistant students to attend interact, and network with each other to further promote our common goal of becoming excellent medical practitioners. 

Pre-Med Club
The purpose of this organization shall be to support students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and provide a learning environment that facilitates an ongoing dialogue about the field of medicine.

Pre-Physical Therapy Club

The purpose of the organization shall be to bring future Physical Therapy Students together in a safe, welcoming environment. The Pre-Physical Therapy Club will also offer help to undergraduate students in learning about graduate programs, how to apply for graduate programs, along with the changes going on in the field of Physical Therapy.

Pre-Physician Assistant Club
This group seeks to provide information and experience in health professions, focusing on the Physician Assistant profession.

Psi Chi Honor Society
This group encourages stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.

Psychology of Gender Student Research Team

The research team is dedicated to better understanding the implications of gender in mental health and well-being. Our team conducts a number of research studies exploring people’s experiences of masculinity and femininity and examining how these constructs impact individuals and communities.

Residence Hall Council (RHC)
The Residence Hall Council (RHC) will be established in each individual residence hall/apartment and consist of students who are dedicated to programming, addressing the concerns of residents, and who strive to improve the quality of living for their communities within the residence halls/apartments at Chatham University.

Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society
The purpose of the organization is to foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language and writing.

Slow Food
The purpose of the organization shall be to connect students from all departments of Chatham University and the greater Pittsburgh community in the celebration and awareness of good, clean, and fair food.

Social Work is Real Life (SWIRL)
This organization encourages social awareness and community involvement, allowing students to have a glimpse of the versatility of the social work profession.

Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM)
One of the objectives for this organization is to provide Chatham University students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective management of human capital in the field of Human Resource Management.

Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) Chatham University Chapter

The purpose of this organization is to establish a student chapter of the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) at Chatham University. Members of this student chapter will be eligible for additional scholarships, as well as representation of Chatham University students at the national meetings of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC)
This group fosters positive, exciting, educational, and rewarding experiences for students interested in athletics. It also raises awareness of athletic related issues.

Students Against Sexual Oppression
The purpose of the organization shall be to embrace diversity among sexual orientations through awareness, educational, and fundraising programs. Activities and programs sponsored by this organization will keep with the organization's stated objectives.

United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

One of the purposes is to foster scientific study and research in the field of environmentally sustainable building.

Visual Arts Club

The purpose of the organization shall be to exhibit student work throughout Chatham’s main campus as well as host events and meetings to engage students in the visual arts on and off-campus.