Chatham Outreach Centers
A Chatham education is supported by our “pillars of excellence” – women’s leadership, environmental awareness and global understanding. Representing the strengths of our World Ready Women, these attributes are woven throughout the curriculum and are championed by our centers and institutes.
Housed on the Chatham University campus, each center interacts with the campus community and the surrounding region and sponsors events open to all throughout the year.
- Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham (CWE)
Never has there been a more exciting time to be a woman business owner. This century will be the century of the entrepreneur in general and of the woman entrepreneur in particular. Women continue to move to entrepreneurship in record numbers due to the flexibility, control, and catalyst for change offered through business ownership. Housed at Chatham University, a recognized pioneer in creating educational and innovative programs for women since 1869, our center for women entrepreneurs focuses on shortening the learning curve to success by providing hands-on, cutting edge practical programs specifically for women business owners.
- Fourth River
The Fourth River features writing and art as well as provides links to valuable writing resources, publisher web pages, contest sponsors and other literary sites. The site encourages free speech and welcomes literary critique, social/environmental commentary, and may be used as an unbiased sanctuary for naturalistic writers.
- Global Focus
Begun in 1995, the Global Focus Program at Chatham University concentrates on one region of the world each year to enable the university community to engage in a comprehensive study of that region through coursework, class assignments, campus events, community activities, co-curricular programs and service learning projects. By the time she graduates, a Chatham undergraduate will have been immersed in four world regions in her curriculum work and co-curricular activities.
- Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP)
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics is the first to focus specifically on women's political involvement in Pennsylvania. The Center seeks to increase the level of political participation of women in Pennsylvania through its mission of education, public service, and research.
- Pittsburgh Teachers Institute (PTI)
The Pittsburgh Teachers Institute, which replicates the 25-year-old model developed by Yale University and the New Haven Public Schools, offers academic seminars to public school teachers. Teachers who participate-Institute Fellows-are treated as members of the university community. Fellows prepare a curriculum unit, use this unit in their teaching and the Institute makes these units available to other teachers in the district.
- Rachel Carson Institute (RCI)
The Rachel Carson Institute was established at Chatham University in 1989 to continue the legacy of Chatham’s most distinguished alumna, Carson 29’ by promoting the awareness and understanding of significant and current environmental issues through national and regional conferences, debates, lecture series, seminars, panel discussions and other educational programs.
- Office of Sustainability
Chatham University's Office of Sustainability is the administrative home of all campus sustainability projects. This office works to initiate change on campus with the hope of moving Chatham to carbon neutrality. This office works with University departments, faculty, and student groups to take steps to a more sustainable living, learning, and working environment for the campus community.