Chatham University

Graduate Student Activities & Involvement

The academic curriculum for graduate students is intense and vigorous, hence Chatham University offers a variety of events and activities for you to unwind, relax, socialize and just have fun. In addition, these co-curricular activities contribute to the enhancement of your personal and leadership development. There are also a multitude of programs sponsored by your particular graduate programs as well as the College for Graduate Studies. Look out for them on

Graduate Student Assembly

The purpose of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is to improve graduate student life at Chatham University; to promote interaction among all graduate students; to bring graduate students into a more active participation within their departments; to act as the representative body for the graduate students and to present their views to the administration, faculty, and undergraduates; and to enhance the quality of education available at Chatham University by helping to program campus-wide events and activities which enrich our community through creating on-campus programming of lectures, workshops, and seminars from professionals outside of our University and by helping to enable graduate students to seek professional development through the help of our professional development fund. GSA is made up of two representatives from each Graduate Program, but all graduate students are welcome to attend GSA meetings or are encouraged to share their thoughts/ideas/concerns with their programs GSA representatives.

GSA meets once a month on Tuesdays at 5:00PM, rotating between the Eastside Campus and the Woodland Rd. Campus.

Email for more information.

GSA and Graduate Student Socials

The Office of Student Affairs and Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) sponsor events each month to bring Chatham graduate students from everyone program together.

  • Mug Club is a monthly (3rd Thursday of every month) social at the Eastside campus that includes FREE beverages and pizza! This is another way to take a break from studying and relax with other students and the campus community. These events occur between 3:00-5:00PM in the Mezzanine area.
  • GSA Socials are weekend or late night activities planned by members of the GSA. Stay connected through the Activities Calendar and myChatham for my details about socials!

There are other great events Chatham offers that are open to all graduate students as well! Be on the lookout for all Chatham After Hours (CAH) and Student Health and Wellness (SHW) Fitness Classes, as well as Volunteer Opportunities that are mostly free and available to you! For a list of all these events check your Grad News Update email, look for flyers all over campus, or go online to myChatham.

Student Organizations

Seek out your program directors to find out about student organizations and professional organizations related to your academic program that you can participate in.

To join a student organization to broaden your horizons, have fun, or to start a new group, contact your Student Affairs resource staff, Hallie Arena at

Here is a sample list of honor societies and student organizations you could join:

  • Blue Key Honor Society
  • Graduate Student Assembly
  • MFA (Master of Fine Arts) Writing Council
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
  • Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
  • U.S.G.B.C. (United States Green Building Council) Student Chapter

Student Organization Event Funding

The Graduate Student Assembly Funding Committee has funding for student organization events, contact Hallie Arena at for more information.

Series Events

Athletic Games- Division III

Proud member of NCAA Division III Athletics with Intercollegiate women athletic teams for basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, and track and field. Everyone is encouraged to support the Cougars. Admission is free to all home games!

Chatham After Hours

This series features evening and weekend programming including pre-release movies, date nights, dance parties, and other fun campus events!

Community Service

Chatham offers a variety of ways for students to get involved and give back to the community. Every semester there is a campus-wide day of service where students, alumni, faculty and staff come together and volunteer at a variety of agencies one Saturday morning.

Diversity Programming and Services

The university celebrates a series of Diversity Awareness and Celebratory months which generate awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures and assist in embracing the diversity of its campus community.

Fit for the Future Remix

This program teaches students how to lead a healthy life. Learn about the AFC, how to work out, healthy eating habits, and how to deal with common health issues.

Grocery & Shopping Shuttles

Take the Chatham Shuttle to a variety of shopping centers, malls, and local stores each weekend to pick up essentials, splurge now and then and explore Pittsburgh!


Teams participate in a variety of events ranging from indoor soccer to bowling! All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to compete! Participants may register as a full team or individually.

Outdoor Recreational Activities

Outdoor recreational activities are planned at least once a month and include a range of activities.