In prevalent media today, fraternities are often painted in a negative light for incidences related to sexual assault, alcohol consumption, and hazing. However, ZBT has defied the public’s current negative connotation associated with fraternities.
100% of members from this organization have pledged to download the revolutionary mobile application, Ulzi, a tool to prevent sexual assault.
This organization of caring community members raced to support a method that allows them to aid in preventing sexual assault. Ulzi is a free community-based safety app that helps keep everyone safe through crowdsourced safety. By having each member of this fraternity commit to such an application, the chapter overwhelmingly demonstrated their stance against sexual assault and their care in making the community safer.
The chapter president, Jacob Winter, said,
“I think what Ulzi’s done right here is acknowledge that there’s more to be done about sexual assault than providing awareness and support after the fact. There’s an opportunity here to prevent an assault from happening in the first place, and I’m proud of my organization for being one of the first to pledge to do that. Everyone deserves to feel safe on a college campus; if our fraternity can help make that happen, we’re going to do it.”
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In addition to standing up against sexual assault, the fraternity’s philanthropy efforts have been for Team Mateo. Mateo Cota is a 6-year-old local from Arroyo Grande who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia several years back. The cancer recently came back after a short period of remission, and ZBT recommitted their philanthropic efforts to financially support his family.
From the national Zeta Beta Tau office, the Eta Mu chapter was awarded Outstanding Community Service Event, Alumni Relations, & Outstanding Publications. Despite being founded at Cal Poly in 2009, the chapter already has 97 members, including 3 that are on the ASI Board of Directors. Of the past 4 ASI Presidents, 2 were members of ZBT, demonstrating the leadership and determination to create positive change that is embodied by both the chapter and Ulzi.
Congratulations to every member of Cal Poly’s Zeta Beta Tau for being one of the first organizations to take this step in fighting sexual assault. With support from people like you, Ulzi will be able to find solutions, decrease sexual assault statistics, and help YOU be the change in your communities.