Mission & Values

Chatham University prepares its students to build lives of purpose, value, and fulfilling work. Through professional skill development and liberal arts learning, Chatham prepares its graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.

To this end, our work in and out of the classroom prizes our core values of sustainability; women's leadership and gender equity; community engagement; and diversity and inclusion.
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Inspired by alumna and environmental pioneer Rachel Carson '29, sustainability is a cornerstone of our mission, operations, academic offerings, and impact–impact that has been recognized by a bevy of awards.

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Mission & Values in Action

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Two Additional Eden Hall Buildings Achieve LEED Platinum Status

Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus has achieved LEED for New Construction Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the Esther Barazzone Center and Orchard Hall.

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Chatham University ranked among the best in the nation for women's leadership.

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In 2020, Strive for College’s “Strive Five” program recognized Chatham University for excellence in Inclusion for Chatham's enrollment and support of students with Pell Grants.

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Chatham University is a Certified Bee Campus USA school.

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In 2020, Sierra Magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, ranked Chatham University as the country’s 17th greenest university in its annual ranking of the nation's Cool Schools. This is the sixth year in a row that Chatham has earned this top 20 honor.

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Splendor in the Grass: Chatham’s Agroecology Demonstration Garden

Right near the Lodge at Eden Hall Campus, there’s a patch of land approximately two-thirds of an acre in size. This is the Agroecology Demonstration Garden (ADG).