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Chatham University Recognized for Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement

PITTSBURGH: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) has honored Chatham University as a “Lead Institution” in NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement for its strong institutional commitments to civic learning and democratic engagement. Chatham is one of only 100 colleges and universities to hold a place in NASPA’s Lead Initiative for the 2014-2015 academic year.

As a participating member of the Lead Initiative, Chatham has access to grants and professional development aid, including invitations to annual conferences, topical webinars, and professional speaking events. In addition, Chatham is involved in a network comprised of Lead Initiative institutions designed to enhance the positive impacts of civic learning and democratic engagement on campus and in the community. Zauyah Waite, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, and Stephanie Reynolds, Coordinator of Student Affairs, were specifically recognized for their involvement with and promotion of community engagement.

NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (Lead Initiative) comprises a network of 92 NASPA member colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education.

In addition to this honor, Chatham has been admitted to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three consecutive years for its commitment to service and its engagement of student, faculty, and staff.

For more information about NASPA and the Lead Initiative visit

About Chatham University

Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, has a long history of commitment to global understanding, women’s leadership and the environment. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson, and is recognized today as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected for The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide listing four years in a row, named to Sierra magazine’s list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.”

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan. Now fully coed, Chatham works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students in the fields drivingtomorrow’s economy—sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.

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