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Chatham University to host Hardy Girls Healthy Women training series

PITTSBURGH (September 21, 2012) …Chatham University, in partnership with the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania will host a series of Hardy Girls Healthy Women training events on Chatham’s Shadyside campus. Training events will take place October 4 and 18 and November 8 and 29 from 4-6 p.m. Additional trainings are planned for the spring semester.

Chatham is a member of the Girls Coalition, which provides staff and leaders of girl-serving agencies in the region with opportunities to share information, programming, new research, and training opportunities. Addressing the needs of girls in our region, the organization works toward strategic and effective collaboration.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the health and well being of girls and women. Its vision is that all girls and women experience equality, independence, and safety in their everyday lives, while its mission is to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower girls. Since day one, Hardy Girls programming, resources, and services have been powered by the latest research in girls’ development. Much of that research comes from the work of Hardy Girls co-creator and board member, Lyn Mikel Brown. Brown visited Chatham last spring as part of a course, Gender and Contemporary Issues, and this project developed out of that visit.

The training sessions will enable members of the Girls Coalition and Chatham community members, including students, to familiarize themselves with the Hardy Girls Healthy Women programs and consider ways to incorporate their approach and materials into existing programming.

Planning is also underway by the Girls Scouts of Western Pennsylvania to offer specific training for students to prepare them to deliver the Hardy Girls Healthy Women curriculum to Girl Scouts as part of a spring 2013 internship experience. The Girl Scouts will serve more than 800 girls in a variety of locations with an eight-week curriculum delivered by internship participants and other volunteers.

“We are hoping to build on this partnership so that Chatham students will to receive Hardy Girls training that will position them to work not only with the Girl Scouts, but with other Coalition member agencies as they adapt Hardy Girls programming and material into their ongoing work,” says Peggy Stubbs, Ph.D., program director and chair of the undergraduate psychology program at Chatham. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students to be learn about and participate in all of the good work being done on behalf of girls in our region by Coalition member agencies.”

Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Stubbs at

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region.

Consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and graduate and online programs for both men and women, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, the health sciences, and business & entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

Chatham has also demonstrated institutional commitments to reach carbon neutrality by 2025 and has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by The Princeton Review, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit