Sexual Assault Facilitation and Education (SAFE) Peer Educators

SAFE (Sexual Assault Facilitation and Education) is a group of trained peer educators who are dedicated to educating their peers around topics such as relationship violence, sexual violence, consent, interpersonal communication and bystander intervention. SAFE peer educators facilitate four highly interactive workshops, including “Talk Dirty to Me (affirmative consent talk),” “Bystander Intervention,” “Healthy Relationships,” and “Healthy Masculinity.” The workshops are presented to members of student organizations, Greek Life and residence halls. The goal of the SAFE Peer Education program is to eradicate sexual misconduct on Pitt’s campus and to promote healthy relationships.  During the fall of 2019, SAFE peer educators facilitated over 30 workshops, educated twelve student groups and discussed bystander intervention strategies with over 60% percent of the University’s Greek community. SAFE is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI). 

Request a SAFE Workshop

SAFE Peer Educators offer three workshops that foster conversation around consent, bystander intervention and healthy relathionships.  Request a workshop.

For additional questions please reach out to carrie.benson@pitt.edu or safestudentleaders@pitt.edu.  

Bystander Education Training

This interactive program offers participants the opportunity identify themselves as active bystanders when they observe others in distressing or potentially harmful situations.   Participants will begin to identify strategies and utilize communication skills necessary for intervention in situations they are concerned could be harmful to another person.   Information about consent and student resources are included in this one-hour program.

Healthy Relationships

This workshop will help participants be able to identify the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.   Information will be provided for supporting peers who have been affected by dating violence or abuse.

Talk Dirty to Me

Consent is often thought as a contract; our goal is to get you to view it as fun.  This program will include discussions on what makes for uncomfortable sexual experiences, as well as the elements needed for good, mutually enjoyable sex.   This workshop is highly interactive.

Become a SAFE Peer Educator

Are you interested in joining SAFE as a peer educator or administrative support?  Take a moment to read more below about expectations.  If you want to connect with a current peer educator before applying, please email: SAFEStudentLeaders@pitt.edu.

SAFE Peer Educator Application

SAFE Peer Educator Requirements

  • Dedicate at least one full semester to the SAFE program.  Peer educators may join the SAFE program at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semesters
  • Complete the SAFE Peer Educator Application Form (see below)
  • Successfully complete an interview with a SAFE Advisor(s) or Leader
  • Attend a four-hour orientation session
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with SAFE
  • Participate in at least three SAFE events each semester. Participation includes facilitating a workshop or assisting with a SAFE event.
  • Peer educators cannot have been found responsible for a violation of the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.

SAFE Grant Program

SAFE and the Division of Student Affairs have partnered to administer a grant program open to SORC registered student organizations.  The grant program was created in an effort to provide comprehensive, discussion-based education around consent, bystander intervention and healthy relathionships.  Participating student organizations are eligible for a $200 grant from the Division of Student Affairs once they successfully complete two SAFE programs.  The grant can by used to advance the mission of their organization or the University's prevention efforts.  The 2019-2020 grant program is currently full.  Organizations can email safestudentleaders@pitt.edu for more information.

Program Requirements:

  • Organizations must commit to hosting two SAFE presentations, and successfully complete the presentations during the 2019-2020 academic year. The current S.A.F.E. offerings are: Talk Dirty to Me, Healthy Relationships and Bystander Intervention.
  • 80% of the organization’s members must be present at both, or a minimum of 8 participants for smaller organizations.
  • 75% of the participants in attendance must complete evaluation surveys after the presentation.

2019-2020 Grant Participants

Arnold Air Society
Daehwa Korean Conversation Club
Delta Chi Fraternity
Dhirina
PantheRAAS!
Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity
Pitt Dance Marathon
Pitt Medlife
Pittsburgh Cadet Group
Powerlifting Club
Students Engaging in Conversation about Consent and Sexuality
Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority
The Fantasy Studies Fellowship
The Vietnamese Student Association 
Unmuted
Women's Choral Ensemble

Meet the SAFE Team