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. 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 20-21 academic year,  SAFE peer educators facilitated over 50 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 for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI). 

Request a SAFE Workshop

SAFE Peer Educators offer three workshops that foster conversation around consent, bystander intervention and healthy relationships.  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

This program offers a deep dive into consent- what consent is, the details of consent, and when it can and cannot be given. This program will include discussions on what makes for uncomfortable sexual experiences, as well as the elements needed for good, mutually enjoyable sexual encounters. This workshop is highly interactive and gives participants a chance to build confidence in practicing consent through engaging activities. 

Survivor Support

This workshop provides participants with a basic framework and tools they can use to support survivors of sexual assault in their lives. This workshop covers how to support a survivor, and will go in depth about resources available to survivors of sexual violence on campus and in the Greater Pittsburgh region.

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 Advisors or Leaders
  • 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.

PEER2PEER- The SAFE Grant Program

SAFE and the Division of Student Affairs have partnered to administer a grant program open to SORC registered student organizations.  The program was created to provide comprehensive, discussion-based education around consent, bystander intervention and healthy relationships. Participating student organizations are eligible for a $200 grant from the Division of Student Affairs after successful completion of two SAFE programs. The grant must be used to advance the mission of their organization or the University's sexual violence prevention efforts. 

Stay tune! Applications for the 2021-2022 grant program will be available in early September 2021.

 Student 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 2021-2022 academic year.
  • 80% of the organization’s members must be present at both, or a minimum of 8 participants for organizations with no more than 20 members.
  • 75% of the participants in attendance must complete evaluation surveys before and after presentations.

Meet the SAFE Team