Community & Civic Engagement

Students interested in making a difference need look no further than Chatham University. In fact, for several consecutive years since 2011, Chatham has been admitted to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Leadership & Civic Engagement

Among its other offerings, the Office of Student Engagement provides leadership, civic engagement, and community service opportunities.

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Bonner Leaders Program

The Bonner Leaders program at Chatham allows students to earn their federal work study funds while serving our local community. This national service leadership program pairs students with a local non-profit organization. Bonners serve 8-10 hours per week at their site and meet regularly for enrichment trainings.

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Community Service Opportunities

Chatham’s signature community service events are the fall semester's Make A Difference Day and spring semester's MLK Day of Service. During both of these service opportunities, students, staff, and faculty complete service projects at non-profits and sites around the local area. Other smaller scale service projects are promoted throughout the academic year.

Politics & Public Policy

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics offers civic engagement programming for all students, such as election watch parties, advocacy trainings, and public policy competitions. Students also have the opportunity to participate in PLEN, which prepares undergraduates for public policy careers through seminars in Washington D.C., and Project Pericles, a national consortium that supports civic engagement and social responsibility on college campuses.

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Building Community Spirit, Loaf by Loaf

M.A. in Food Studies graduate Shauna Kearns, MAFS '16, uses a bread oven in Braddock for baking and education.

Undergraduate Connects Chatham with Local Nonprofit, 412 Food Rescue

Chatham undergraduate students are working with other local universities to help solve hunger in the Pittsburgh area.

Physical Therapy Students and Local Women Amputees Assist Each Other

De La Torre Orthotics and Prosthetics and Chatham's DPT program co-host a free event that provides Pittsburgh-area women amputees with an opportunity for connection and education.

Student Profile: Maria Taylor '18

Chatham student Maria Taylor was named a Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.