The University of Washington Resilience Lab (UWRL) began forming in the winter of 2015 as a space to discuss the strengths and challenges we have observed in UW student experiences as well as the concerns facing our community as a whole. Those conversations helped us realize national trends and put the UWRL’s work in alignment with concurrent ongoing efforts at other institutions, including partners at Harvard University and Stanford University whose work helped shape the initial development of the Lab. Today, we represent cross-campus collaborations between students, faculty, and staff who strive to develop resilience in ourselves and our community.
Our points of focus include:
- Leading-edge research into students’ perceptions of internal and external resources available to them, as well as into the benefits of resilience behaviors and compassion;
- Integrating resilience and compassion messaging and practices into preexisting programming run by Lab collaborators; and
- Establishing new high-impact programming aimed at the Lab’s core message of learning through pushing oneself to the edge of one’s capabilities while normalizing the setbacks, struggles, and failures often experienced on that edge