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Chatham University Social Work News & Events

Dr. Debby Rubin Introduces former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski as 2016-2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics

Dr. Debby Rubin, Social Work Program Director, introduced former U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski to students when she was welcomed as the 2016–2017 Elsie Hillman Chair in Women and Politics on April 19, 2017 by the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. Mikulski, a social worker, retired in January 2017 after serving for thirty years in the U.S. Senate, the longest serving Congresswoman in U.S. history. As a leader in the Senate, her focus was primarily centered on womenss health, education, jobs, seniors, veterans, civil rights and other important issues. In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dr. Debby Rubin is the founding faculty member of the Chatham University social work program. Dr. Rubin’s focus includes child welfare, inpatient mental health with children, adolescents and adults; and private practice.


The social work club Social Work Is Real Life (SWIRL) created inspirational journals for clients of PAAR. SWIRL president, Mardi Steinitz, is completing her 500 hours of social work field placement at PAAR and worked with the organization to organize the activity for the social work club.

Pittsburgh Today Live show

Chatham University senior social work major, Grace Enick, was interviewed for the Pittsburgh Today Live show on KDKA for her work with the Homeless Children's Education Fund. Grace is completing her 500 hour social work field placement with the organization. You can see the interview with Grace here.

Open House

On Thursday September 8th, 2016, the Social Work and Criminology Department in conjunction with the Psychology Department hosted an open house lunch for students. The open house provided information about the programs of social work, social service administration, criminology, and psychology as well as information about the student clubs that are affiliated with each of the programs within the departments. Students shared goals and plans for the clubs and encouraged others to join. It was an enjoyable welcome to the new academic year.

Social Work Lobby Day

Chatham social work majors Bridget Bauer, Ambrosia Johnson and Becca Pell meet with Justin Fleming, NASW-PA Director of Government Relations to prepare to attend Social Work Lobby Day in Harrisburg.