Building Strength for the Road Ahead

The UWRL endeavors  to bring the UW community into connection with one another through programming that normalizes the wide-ranging experiences of hardship, failures, and setbacks our community members face through the cultivation of kindness, compassion, and gratitude toward each other and ourselves.

The Big Picture

Responsible, compassionate global citizens ready to face and respond to challenges. Learn more

This Venn diagram serves as conceptual framework for the Resilience Lab’s work. Two circles overlap to show the union between sets. The following words are written across and down the circles to indicate connections between core concepts: 
•      Mindfulness
•      Encourage Innovation
•      Adaptive Coping Strategies after Failure
•      Self-kindness
•      Vulnerability
•      Positive Emotions
•      Compassion
•      Resilience
•      Common Humanity
•      Growth Mindset
•      Sense of Purpose
•      Emotional Intelligence
•      Healthy Connections
•      Self-Awareness
•      Social  Emotional Skills
•      Stress Management 
Emphasis is placed on Compassion, Resilience, and Vulnerability, through a slightly larger font size, since these are the primary initiatives driving research and programming for the Lab. All terms are hyperlinked and defined in a glossary in the Engage section of the website.

Upcoming Events

We encourage you to engage with the work the Resilience Lab is doing. Check out resources and research in the field. Propose partnering opportunities. Attend one of our events. Or join us as a volunteer!

UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives Seed Grants

Applications due by April 30, 2018!

The UW Resilience Lab is pleased to announce the creation of seed grants to support resilience and compassion building initiatives that foster connection and community. These small grants will support impactful activities, programming, projects, and/or research that align with the following goals of the UW Resilience and Compassion Initiatives:

  • To cultivate kindness, compassion and gratitude toward each other and ourselves;
  • To engage hardships, setbacks and failures with compassion and vulnerability, and as rich opportunities for learning and growth;
  • To foster connectedness, belonging and community;
  • To embrace both common humanity and diversity within the human experience.

For more information, please visit: 

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A World of Strength: International Students & Cultural Resilience

Thursday, April 19 • 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Maple Hall, The Great Room

International students share stories of stamina, strength, and ultimately success in the face of adversity from their home cultures and at the UW. Join us to learn about cultural strategies for success and expand your understanding of resilience.

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