Statement from Dr. Esther L. Barazzone, President of Chatham University
Chatham University is proud to be a Lead Employer with STANDING FIRM. Recognizing and responding to partner violence should be the responsibility of any concerned employer. We see this program as an opportunity to engage regional businesses, both public and private, in this important but often-ignored issue. We believe that increasing our employees’ awareness of this issue is vital in stressing that this action is intolerable, and in showing that help and valuable resources are available. In today’s society, partner violence takes many forms and is unrestricted to traditional gender roles, and therefore may go unnoticed. Businesses need to see themselves as leaders in preventing or stopping partner violence, which can happen both at home and at the workplace.
Like our Fit for the Future® program, STANDING FIRM is one of several Employee Assistance Programs that Chatham provides that directly benefits workplace health, wellness and performance. As a university, whose curriculum includes civic engagement and women’s leadership, we believe that becoming a STANDING FIRM Lead Employer speaks to our mission. We hope that other Pittsburgh employers will follow our lead and stand firmly against partner violence.
Dr. Esther L. Barazzone
Chatham University is home to almost 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Chatham’s Shadyside Campus includes the historic, 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum campus and the new Chatham Eastside at Fifth and Penn avenues. Our Eden Hall Farm Campus is located on 388-acres in Richland Township and will include programs focusing on women and environmental sustainability. The University is a private, selective, fully accredited, nonsectarian institution, consisting of three distinct Colleges:
- Chatham College for Women, offering baccalaureate degrees to women only;
- College for Graduate Studies, offering master's and doctoral degrees and teacher certification to both women and men; and
- College for Continuing and Professional Studies, offering undergraduate, graduate, professional and continuing education online to both women and men.
The University is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education , Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification program, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, American Chemical Society, the American Physical Therapy Association, Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education, Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, Council on Social Work Education, and Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board.Mission Statement
Chatham University prepares its students, bachelors through doctoral level, on campus and around the world, to excel in their professions and to be engaged, environmentally responsible, globally conscious, life-long learners, and citizen leaders for democracy. Chatham College for Women offers superb career preparation informed by the liberal arts. Chatham College for Graduate Studies and Chatham College for Continuing and Professional Studies provide men and women with undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education of the highest quality with primary emphasis on preparation for work and the professions.