Chatham University Women's Institute
Honoring the past. Claiming the future.
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 is no longer 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 health and wellness.
In keeping with Chatham University's leadership and historic commitment to women and women's issues, Chatham will establish 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.
The Women's Institute is part of a $8.5 million funding initiative comprising various endowments, current funds, and $2 million in newly raised commitments in support of the Institute and its mission.
Dr. Jessie Ramey has been named the inaugural director of the Chatham University Women's Institute. Read more about Dr. Ramey
Advancing women for today's world
The Women's Institute will bring together Chatham's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship and Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics, along with a new Women and Health program and Chatham's Women's and Gender Studies Department. The ability to evolve and expand into other strategic and critical focus areas will be an integral part of the Institute.
In addition to the current offerings of existing Centers, the Institute will also coordinate the following areas:
- Housing: An all women residence hall with focus on women's leadership
- Academics: Courses focused on women's leadership and gender issues (mandatory for those in the residence hall and Certificate in Women's Leadership Program)
- Certificate: A Certificate in Women's Leadership program that, along with coursework, could require a mandatory international experience with women's organizations in the developing world and an internship with a Pittsburgh-area women's organization
- Activities: New campus and community programming plus Chatham College for Women traditions
- Research: Sponsoring of faculty, student, and outside research
- Mentoring: Programs for students to work with alumnae and other women leaders in the community
- STEM: Chatham's Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics initiative and scholarship program
- Gateway: Oversight of Chatham's historic Gateway program for non-traditional age women returning to school
- Faculty: Training and programs in creating gender-balanced classrooms
Download the Chatham University Women's Institute brochure to read about Chatham's continuing commitment to women and women's issues.