July Volunteer of the Month
Meredith Jacobs is Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Jewish Women International (JWI) and ZBT’s July 2017 Volunteer of the Month.
As an official partner, JWI benefits from the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation’s Fund for Safe and Healthy Campuses, which supports the Fraternity’s Green Light: Go! and Safe Smart Dating programs. While Jacobs’ professional work toward making campuses safer has helped ZBT remain a leader in the movement, it is her dedication to the Fraternity in her personal time that made Jacobs our July 2017 Volunteer of the Month.
Jacobs’ first experience with ZBT was during the 2014 International Convention in Washington, D.C., where she attended the convention on behalf of JWI to promote the then-new joint programming between the two organizations. Her time spent with the brothers in attendance left a lasting impression.
“I was so impressed with the young men I met. I remember coming back to JWI and saying that we need to grow this partnership,” she said.
And that is exactly what she did.
Since the 2014 International Convention, Jacobs has served the Fraternity in a variety of different roles. In just a few short years, she has been a lead facilitator at International Conventions, an organizer for ZBT and partner BBYO lobbying days and assisting with other healthy relationships programs.
She was a driving factor in the creation of signature event Green Light: Go! that supports the Zeta Beta Tau Foundation’s Fund for Safe and Healthy Campuses. Jacobs also helped create the award-winning Safe Smart Dating program in partnership between ZBT, JWI and Sigma Delta Tau Sorority.
Recently, Jacobs has been working with ZBT International Vice President Jonathan D. Frieden, Esq., Phi Epsilon (University of Virginia) 1994, to create a program to educate ZBT brothers about the work the Fraternity is doing to foster healthy relationships and safer campuses.
When asked about working with Jacobs, Vice President Frieden said:
“Meredith has a marvelously unique way of addressing men on the critically important topic of appropriate relationships and campus sexual abuse that simultaneously makes them feel comfortable to communicate about the topic, in their native language, while encouraging them to hold themselves accountable to a higher standard,” Brother Frieden said. “It is no small gift of brilliance and charm that permits that sort of diplomacy. Candidly, I am a bit jealous that I am not possessed of such qualities, but I am proud to call Meredith a colleague and friend.”