Zeta Beta Tau’s award-winning Safe Smart Dating program continues to expand in its second year as dozens of chapters request to host the program on their campuses.
Safe Smart Dating, developed in partnership between ZBT, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority and Jewish Women International, is one of the premier national workshops on dating abuse and sexual assault for the Greek community on college campuses that helps college students define, identify and prevent dating abuse and sexual violence on campus. Safe Smart Dating is an interactive educational program designed to explore gender norms, define healthy relationships and to train participants on how to be active bystanders.
Since its debut in 2013, the program has received a $50,000 grant from the Jewish Social Change Matching Fund and the North-American Interfraternity Conference’s Laurel Wreath Award, which is presented to individuals or groups in recognition of their unique programs, community outreach or influence within the fraternal world.
“This program is a valuable resource for college-aged men to break down the stereotypes of the role that men play in a relationship. Men can, and should, understand how effective communication with their partner can lead to a better and healthier understanding between each other. Further, young men need to understand how to not only confront situations they know are wrong, but also to prevent such situations from arising in the first place, as well as learn how to serve as an ally to men and women in need of one,” Executive Director Laurence A. Bolotin, CAE, Alpha Zeta (Florida) '01, said.
Safe Smart Dating on Campus
More than half of Zeta Beta Tau chapters nationwide have requested the program for their college or university. In the first three semesters the program has been offered, Safe Smart Dating has been hosted on more than a dozen campuses, including The George Washington University, American University, Columbia University, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Indiana University, Purdue University, Tulane University, the University of Maryland and others.
For more information about the Safe Smart Dating program or to recommend a campus, contact Zeta Beta Tau International Headquarters at (317) 334-1898.
Safe Smart Dating on Spring Break
In Spring 2015, Jewish Women International and Zeta Beta Tau launched a partnership with the It's On Us campaign to promote safe spring break choices. ZBT and JWI recognize that sexual assault does not end at campus borders. Students are encouraged to use the LiveSafe app, which is fully integrated into the "It's On Us" campaign; to host March Madness-related promotional activities, such as combining game watch parties with It’s On Us pledge-signing events, and the Fraternity also is participating in Sexual Assault Awareness Month Week of Action.