Diversity & Inclusion

From our inception based on access, equality, and opportunity, Chatham has been inspired to respect and promote diversity and inclusion amongst our community members. We provide academic, personal, social, and cultural support to students to promote an environment that understands and embraces multiculturalism, including culturally rich experiences through events and programs on campus and within the Pittsburgh community.

Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs leads efforts to build and sustain a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which promotes multicultural education as well as student success and retention. Multicultural Affairs embraces a social justice and intersectional identity approach to its diversity, equity, and inclusion work.

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Office of Accessibility and Academic Resources

The Office of Accessibility and Academic Resources at Chatham University offers a wide array of academic and disability support services for the entire Chatham student population, including tutoring; disability accommodations; study and scheduling help; and more.

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Multi-Faith Council

Religious identity is an important component of the campus environment to help all students, faculty and staff in understanding the world around us. Chatham University’s Multi-Faith Council (MFC) consists of representatives from spiritual and religious organizations in the Pittsburgh area that advise and assist Chatham University in serving the spiritual and religious needs of its student community. For more information, please contact Dr. Randi Congleton, Assistant Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, at 412-365-2499 or by email.

The R.I.S.E. (Retain. Involve. Strengthen. Excel.) Mentorship Program

Shamin Mason ’13 created R.I.S.E. in 2012 to increase the academic success, professionalism, and leadership skills of students of color at Chatham University. The year-long program provides new students with a mentor, institutional support, and a series of co-curricular programs throughout their transition to college. Through orientation and monthly special events, members of R.I.S.E. will have the opportunity to learn and grow as contributing members of the Chatham community. 

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Women's Leadership & Gender Equity

Chatham University’s commitment to community engagement and education is exemplified by our Centers, which work to promote leadership and gender equity in a variety of arenas. Many of our programs in women's leadership and gender equity are open to the public.

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Diversity & Inclusion Council

The Diversity and Inclusion Council is a university-wide committee made up of faculty, staff and students. The council initiates actions and empowers Chatham to build a diverse and inclusive community through dialogue, education, research, self-reflection and engagement and acts as a catalyst to create an environment centered around respect, acceptance, personal responsibility and recognition of the value of all individuals.  

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Ciera Marie Young '14 is the Ellis School's first director of Diversity and Inclusion

"In Spring 2018, Young returned to Chatham to give the keynote address at the Multicultural Student Graduation Celebration. 'I was overjoyed to see that Chatham students had the Kente Cross stoles,' she says, referring to traditional ceremonial items of clothing of African origin."

Intergroup Dialogues: Chatham's Most Life-Changing Class?

"'I would tell anyone to take the class,' says Justine Barry ’19. 'I feel like the people in this class are more than just my classmates.'"