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Community Service Initiatives

At Chatham University we strive to prepare students to become environmentally responsible and globally conscious citizen leaders. For this reason, The Office of Residence Life & Student Activities - Student Affairs strives to provide a range of Civic Learning, Democratic Engagement and Community Service opportunities that will challenge and engage our students to expand their understanding of the social issues in Pittsburgh and beyond. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to be involved in these opportunities:

  • Scheduled Community Service Activities - Regularly scheduled one-time co-curricular activities.
  • Community Service Day - One day each semester entirely dedicated to community service which involves current students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
  • Service Days - Once a month we will be venturing into Pittsburgh for a morning of service.  Join us for one or all events.
  • Community Service Questionnaire - We know that students, faculty and staff contribute to the community in many ways besides the community service opportunities we provide. The Community Service Questionnaire is sent once a year and helps us track the Chatham communities’ volunteer efforts.  This questionnaire helps us obtain grants, awards, and other great opportunities. Be sure to complete the survey annually!
  • Emerging Leaders Institute - A semester long leadership program that prepares students to advocate for an issue of their choosing while working closely with administration and city council leaders.
  • Relay for Life - Each year the Chatham community comes together to support the American Cancer Society in a twelve hour relay.
  • Empty Bowls Hunger Banquet - In partnership with the grassroots organization Empty Bowls and the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Chatham is proud to support a hunger banquet in an effort to eliminate hunger inequity in Allegheny County.

For more information, contact Emily Fidago, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Residence Life at 412.365.1527 or

Chatham Activities Board

Chatham Activities Board (CAB) is the student programming body for the entire campus. CAB is responsible for planning major campus traditions such as Harvest Fun Fest, Halloween Dinner, Holiday Ball, Battle of the Classes, Spring Fling and much more. CAB is a great way to get involved and help plan activities! To learn more contact Student Activities at

New & Transfer Student Orientation

The Residence Life & Student Activities - Student Affairs plans an orientation program during the fall and spring to give all new and transfer students a chance to get acclimated to Chatham University. Every orientation programs helps students become more familiar with academic and student expectations, learn more about programs and services and how to get involved on campus.