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.

In the News

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Announcing the Second Annual Resilience and Compassion Initiatives Seed Grants

April 1, 2019 - April 30, 2019 •


The Campus Sustainability Fund has teamed up with the UW Resilience Lab this year to offer Resilience and Compassion Seed Grants.

The focus will be on the interconnectivity between the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on the "Good Health & Well-being" goal as it relates to resilience at UW. The CSF & Resilience Lab recognize that social & cultural resilience and equity are the building blocks of a sustainable environment — and are excited to offer focused funding resources this year to help catalyze projects in this area.

What would compassion-in-action look like to you? How might you center themes of diversity, equity and inclusion in addressing social sustainability & resilience at UW?

Funding Details:

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Fail Forward 2019!

May 15, 2019 • 6:00PM • Kane 130, Seattle Campus

Come hear amazing campus leaders share the setbacks, struggles, and failure they experienced on their paths to success!


Who is on the panel?

  • Mia Tuan, Dean of the College of Education
  • Karam Dana, Associate Professor, Middle East and Islamic Studies, UW Bothell
  • Sarah Psutka, Assistant Professor, Urologic Oncology, UW School of Medicine
  • Brain Fabien, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Engineering
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