Chatham University

Outreach Centers

+The Women's Institute

Chatham University was founded in 1869 when lack of access to higher education for women was a pressing social concern. While access to higher education in the United States is not as pressing an issue for the majority of women today, women still face social inequality and challenges on many fronts, including in the workforce and business, in politics and government, and in health professions at the leadership level.

In keeping with Chatham University's leadership and historic commitment to women's education and women's issues, Chatham established the Chatham University Women's Institute in 2014. The mission of the Institute is to help overcome and eradicate the social inequalities facing women, and to advance women's excellence through education, research and outreach in areas of modern-day social concerns. Its purpose on campus is to ensure the thoughtful continuation of the resources Chatham has - and will continue to have - in enhancing education for women and gender equality in all aspects of campus curriculum and campus life.

The Women's Institute will help support and coordinate Chatham's existing Center for Women's Entrepreneurship and Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and Chatham's Women and Gender Studies Department as well as provide a range of activities and opportunities for students, faculty, alumnae, and the community.

+The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University

The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. Building on Chatham University's tradition of educating women for 145 years, the Center for Women's Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has provided quality education and training for women entrepreneurs for the past ten years.

The Center offers a membership program for women business owners and executives who benefit from free legal, website, social media, accounting and business consulting; exclusive networking opportunities and coffee hours; member-only pricing; and free attendance to Center events. The Center's networking programming includes a monthly Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series, which features prominent regional women business leaders speaking on a variety of progressive business topics. Casual networking and a continental breakfast precede engaging and interactive presentations on topics essential for women in business such as innovative entrepreneurship, strategic business growth, unique marketing strategies, and logistical business planning. The Center also hosts an annual Think Big Forum, which features regional and national speakers on a theme of importance to women entrepreneurs and women in business.

The Center's entrepreneurial training programs and business growth programming include Small Business Basics, a half-day interactive workshop designed for women considering becoming entrepreneurs; the MyBusiness Startup program, a multi-week business plan feasibility course to assist women starting their own businesses in strategizing and developing a business and financial plan; the MyBusiness Growth training program, which includes sessions for women looking to strategically grow a current business; the MyBoard program, which provides an advisory board to women in established growth businesses; and the MyConsulting Corner program, which pairs groups of students with women business owners to work on specific research and strategy projects for the business under the guidance of an Executive-in-Residence.

The Center also operates a Business and Entrepreneurship Club, which engages with students interested in entrepreneurship as a career choice or academically and provides students with opportunities to network with the greater Pittsburgh community through exceptional on and off-campus educational opportunities at reduced or no cost.

+Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non-partisan center devoted to fostering women's public leadership through education, empowerment, and action on campus, in the region and across the Commonwealth.

The first to focus on women's political involvement in Pennsylvania, the Center integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and capacity building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women's issues. The Center is also home to the University's membership in Project Pericles - a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.

The Center's activities include:

  • Public leadership seminars and pre-law programs for college women;
  • Ready to Run(tm), a bi-partisan candidate training;
  • NEW Leadership(tm) Pennsylvania - a public leadership training program for college women throughout Pennsylvania;
  • Elsie Hillman Chair in Women & Politics - an annual public lecture by a notable political leader and/or scholar;
  • Volunteer and internship connections;
  • Scholarly lectures;
  • Experiential learning opportunities across PA and in Washington DC; and,
  • Data collection about women in Pennsylvania politics.

For more information or to participate in Center activities, contact the executive director at 412-365-1878 or visit

+Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is a consortium of women's colleges working together to educate women for public leadership. As a member of PLEN, Chatham University affords students the opportunity to join women students from across the country to learn about the public policy process. Each year, PLEN brings hundreds of women students from colleges and universities across the country to Washington, D.C. They experience first-hand how public policy is shaped and implemented at the national level. They are better prepared to become the next generation of public policy decision makers.

Students meet with and learn from female leaders making and influencing public policy at the highest levels in Congress, the courts, federal agencies, the private sector, policy research and advocacy organizations, and the media. These women leaders serve as teachers as well as mentors. Students and schools report this experience is invaluable More information about PLEN can be obtained from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics in Braun Hall.

+Office of Sustainability

Chatham University's Office Sustainability is the administrative home of all campus sustainability projects. This office works to initiate change on campus with the hopes of moving Chatham to carbon neutrality.

Chatham was listed at #47 on the Princeton Review Green School list. Events often include recycle Mania and Round up for Green in the Anderson Dining Hall and Rachel's café. Follow their blog to become involved with these initiatives:

+Music & Arts Day Camp

"Rooted in History and Growing!"
The Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp was founded in 1956 by Mihail (Mischa) and Kathryn Stolarevsky. Kay and Mischa have inspired many young students to embrace the arts through their dedication and teaching at the Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp. The camp, which will celebrate its 55th anniversary this summer, continues to grow its arts, music and theater program while branching out to include programs that allow campers to explore nature and engage in creative play. Kay Stolarevsky continues to support the vision of the camp by helping us offer a limited number of need-based scholarships to students who wish to attend the camp and may not have the means to do so.

Our Program Goals
  • To grow and nurture talented, young artists along their creative paths
  • To provide campers with an outlet for creative expression in a non-formal atmosphere
  • To nurture a life-long love of the arts
  • To allow campers to discover and enhance their talent in art, music and theater arts through private and collective interactions with experienced mentors
  • To foster critical and creative thinking skills, and the ability to cooperate and communicate with their fellow camp community members
  • To round out the camper's summer experience by offering traditional recreational opportunities like swimming, nature exploration and sports
The Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp provides intensive music and art experiences to students Pre K - 9th grade. Campers also enjoy traditional summer camp activities such as swimming and sports to supplement the core art, theater and music curriculum.