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.
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Chatham's Commitment to Addressing Structural Inequality

While our community strives to live up to Chatham’s core value of Diversity & Inclusion, we recognize that Chatham, like our nation, still has a great deal of work to do in helping to build a more just and inclusive society. 

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Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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

Learn About DEI : Checkerboard 2 - Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Multi-Faith Council

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. 

Learn About MFC : Checkerboard 4 - Multi-Faith Council
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RISE Retreat for Students of Color

Shamin Mason ’13 created RISE (Retain. Involve. Strengthen. Excel.) in 2012 with the help of the Office of Student Affairs because she felt very strongly that students of color at Chatham University would benefit tremendously from a program focused on their success. Taking place September 9-11, 2022 as a free experience, the RISE Retreat will provide Chatham students of color with an opportunity for group mentorship, community-building, identity development, and creating a network of BIPOC students and staff at the university. Incoming students of color are strongly encouraged to apply before the September 2, 2022 deadline.

Submit Application : Checkerboard 5 - RISE Retreat for Students of Color
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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.

Learn About Centers : Checkerboard 6 - Women's Leadership & Gender Equity
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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.  

Learn About the Council : Checkerboard 7 - Diversity & Inclusion Council