Chatham University

Leadership & Civic Engagement Programs

The Office of Student Engagement at Chatham University provides many opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills and to make an impact on the local community. Below are the signature programs that we offer.


Leadership Programs

  • Service Engagement, Involvement, and Opportunities at Chatham University

    Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD) Program: LEAD Chatham allows students to foster their leadership skills so that they can fulfill their potential. Through the process of completing the carefully designated program requirements, participants will increase their understanding of professional leadership, social change, and cultural diversity appreciation. Along the way, they will develop their personal leadership philosophy.

  • Emerging Leaders Retreat: The Emerging Leaders Retreat is an overnight outdoor experience that introduces students to the foundations of leadership through a series of sessions and activities including low ropes and high ropes courses. First years and sophomore students are encouraged to apply.

  • Women of the World group of students

    Women of the World Retreat: The Women of the World Retreat is an annual leadership retreat open to all graduate and undergraduate women. Each year, the weekend-long retreat engages participants in a series of facilitations, discussions, and activities focused on a different theme related to leadership.


Civic Engagement

  • Social Activism Institute: This one-credit spring semester course allows students to explore their ability to become change agents in their local communities and beyond through a series of classroom discussions and educational seminars. Students will learn about the impact through service, civic work, and advocacy through experts in their fields.

  • Students cleaning up nature at Chatham University

    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.

  • 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.

  • Chatham Student Government: The Chatham Student Government (CSG) is the governing structure that is representative of all undergraduate students and that advocates for the concerns, interests, needs, and welfare of the entire undergraduate student body.

  • Graduate Student Assembly: The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is the governing board for the graduate student body. GSA strives to work with representatives from each graduate program to represent graduate students with University administration, initiate social and educational programs, and oversee the GSA budget.


Other Involvement Opportunities

  • R.I.S.E. (Retain. Involve. Strengthen. Excel.) Mentorship Program: R.I.S.E. is a retention program coordinated by the Office of Multicultural Affairs that is designed to increase the academic success, professionalism, and leadership skills of students of color at Chatham.

  • NEW Leadership session at Chatham University Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

    Pennsylvania Center for Women & Politics NEW Leadership: The National Education for Women's (NEW) Leadership Pennsylvania is an intensive, week-long, residential leadership and public policy summer institute designed to educate and empower young women for future political participation and leadership. The program addresses the under-representation of women in the political arena by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

  • The Chatham Post: The Chatham Post is the university’s student-run newspaper which is publish twice a month. Reporting, writing, news photography, design, and layout for the Chatham Post provides students with the opportunity to create dynamic portfolios and prepare for internships and jobs.

  • Student Employment at Chatham University

    Student Employment: Student Employment opportunities at Chatham allow you to engage with and develop professional competencies; gain and apply knowledge; and build professional experience as you explore, discover, and build your place in the world. All open postings can be found using Handshake, Chatham’s online job and internship posting database.

    • Orientation Leaders: Orientation Leaders assist new students and families as they transition into the Chatham community during New and Transfer Student Orientation. This unique leadership opportunity affords students with experiences that develop them into stronger student leaders.
    • Resident Assistants: Residents Assistants are student staff members who live alongside the students in each residence hall and serve as primary resource for students living in the building. RAs are student leaders that help make living on-campus an enjoyable and healthy experience.
    • Campus Ambassadors: Chatham Ambassadors are current undergraduate students who are enthusiastic about their college experiences and want to share them with prospective students.