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 Residence Life & Student Activities - Student Affairs 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.
Student organizations receive a monthly email from the Office of Student Activities sharing updates and leadership opportunities to maintain an open line of communication.
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 Residence Life & Student Activities - Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-365-2990.
Accounting Club of Chatham University
The purpose of the Account Club is to help students network with accounting professionals and learn more about the accounting profession.
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.
American Institute of Graphic Arts
The purpose of the organization will be to bring together all Chatham University students that have any kind of interest in art or design, at any level. We will focus not simply on visual art, but on recognizing how important design is to everyday life, realizing that design can be found everywhere, and understanding that design can be used to solve problems.
American Investigative Society of Cold Case (AISOCC)
The purpose of AISOCC is to follow the mission of the broader organization: "To actively assist law enforcement, criminal justice and legal professionals in the development of cold case investigations by offering cold case review and by creating supportive resources for families of victims in the pursuit of truth and justice."
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.
Asian Culture Association
The Asian Culture Association strives to share knowledge of different aspects of Asian culture through activities, events, and discussions.
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.
Business & Entrepreneurship Club
The purpose of the Business & Entrepreneurship Club is to support the entrepreneurial spirit for all students at Chatham University.
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 Cheerleading Team
The Chatham cheerleading team, sponsored by Chatham Athletics, performs at a variety of events on campus including pep rallies and athletic contests.
Chatham Chinese Scholar Student Association (CSSA)
The purpose of CSSA is to help build a better Chinese community within the Chatham campus, to provide support to incoming students from China, and to contribute as a multicultural student organization at Chatham University.
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 Criminology Club
The purpose of the organization is to expose interested students to the diverse areas of criminology. The club will promote scholarly discussion of criminology-related topics, social events, community service projects, and bring in guest speakers.
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 Society of Physician Assistant Students
The purpose of the Student Society shall be to serve as the official organization for the students, to promote academic achievement, clinical excellence, and Physician Assistant as a member of the health care delivery team.
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 Dance Team
The Chatham University Dance Team, sponsored by Chatham Athletics, practices a variety of dance styles and performs at athletics events as well as other activities on campus.
Chatham University Drama 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.
Chatham University Music Club
The Chatham Music Club presents an artistic approach that allows music majors and non-music majors alike to express and share their interest, creativity, and/or talent musically. Chatham Music Club works towards the development of student-run programs that will foster the individual and collaborative musical enrichment of Chatham Students.
Chatham University Nursing Honor Society
This society recognizes superior achievement and leadership qualities, while fostering creative work high professional standards.
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 Outing Club
The Outing Club provides students with exposure to the great outdoors and gives students new and exciting opportunities.
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.
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.
Exercise Science Club
The purpose of the Exercise Science Club is to create a support network for exercise science students and to offer help to undergraduate students so they may learn about graduate programs and how to apply for graduate programs.
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 the organization is to educate, debate, and experiment on the subject of fermented foods. Members will find an open forum to discuss topics related to fermented foods and will gain practical knowledge and the experience of fermenting foods.
The French Club provides opportunities to learn and promote French language and culture.
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.
In alignment with Girl Up and the United Nations Foundation's mission, the Girl Up Club at Chatham University aims to empower others to get involved, teach their communities that girls matter, and make sure that girls in developing countries are educated, healthy, safe, counters, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.
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 Non-Traditional Student Organization
The purpose of this organization is to enhance the education of non-traditional students by helping foster new friendships, providing support, recognizing successes, and offering services such as book exchanges, group study sessions, and personal growth workshops.
Graduate Pre-Health Science Club
The purpose of the Graduate Pre-Health Science Club is 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.
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.
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.
International Students Club
The purpose of the organization shall be to establish opportunities for friendship, promote international education and cultural advancement, encourage multicultural competence and foster leadership development through cultural exchange for Chatham students. The club's intent is to engage international students with campus life in a meaningful, long-lasting way.
The Knitting Club
The Knitting Club strives to designate a time and place that is available to its members and the outside Chatham community for completing knitting and other yarn craft projects. This may come in the form of group projects which may be chosen to be donated to the community or sold for the budget of Knitting Club, as well as completing personal projects, or lessons conducted by members to others in the club or community that wish to learn to knit or do other yarn crafts.
League of Student Voters
The purpose of the organization is to promote civic engagement and foster political discussion and interest among Chatham University's student body.
MFA Writing Council
This organization promotes the creative writers of the Chatham community and beyond.
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.
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Group
The purpose of the organization shall be for students to provide support to students with loved ones suffering from multiple sclerosis. The organization will also participate in activities that raise awareness for MS Activities.
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.
The purpose of Net Impact is to help members transform their careers by making a positive impact "net impact" – benefitting not just the economy, but people and planet as well.
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.
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.
The purpose of the organization shall be to prepare Chatham University students for law school admission as well as centralize and provide information and resources in order to fortify enable student success.
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.
The purpose of Rotaract Club is to provide an opportunity for young women and men to enhance the knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal development, to address the physical and social needs of their communities, and to promote better relations between all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
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.
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.
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.
Sustainable Impact Team
The purpose of the organization is to bring both awareness and motivation to students about current environmental and social justice issues by taking action in organizing campaigns and projects that advocate for change on campus and in the community.
This is me! – Gay Straight Alliance
This is me!, in accordance with the vision and values of Chatham University, will actively bridge Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender (GLBT) students and their straight allies together by serving as a constructive medium which encourages the campus community to explore their relationship with humanity and gain acceptance for diversity.
The purpose of the organization shall be to teach students how to play basic songs on the ukulele and serve as a musical group for social involvement.
United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
One of the purposes is to foster scientific study and research in the field of environmentally sustainable building.