The Resilience Consortium is an association of higher education faculty, learning services, and counseling services interested in understanding and promoting student resilience.

Resilience can be understood in many ways, in terms of one’s capacities for persistence, creativity, emotional intelligence, grit, cognitive flexibility, risk-taking, agency, adapting to change, delaying gratification, learning from failure, and questioning success.

The Resilience Consortium emerged from a shared sense that today’s students encounter unprecedented challenges in their lives and work that require them to exercise capacities for resilience, and that institutions of higher education have an important role to play in helping young people develop these capacities.

Guiding questions:

  • What are the habits, attitudes, and skills associated with resilience in the college/university setting?
  • To what extent can resilience be learned in young adulthood? What pedagogies and learning contexts influence student conceptions of success, failure, and risk, and promote or inhibit the development of resilience? 
  • What is the long term impact for young people in their academic and professional endeavors, when they are provided with opportunities to develop their capacities for resilience during their college/university years? 

Collaboration goals:

  • Better understand the nature of resilience in our students’ lives and work
  • Develop and implement interventions to promote student resilience
  • Produce research, disseminate information, share materials, and provide consultation among member schools and within the larger field of higher education regarding issues related to student resilience

Statement of Values:

  • Participating institutions welcome and respect diverse cultural and personal assumptions, values, circumstances, and perspectives. 
  • Participating institutions strive for collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and alumni within their own university communities. 
  • Participating institutions strive to make full use of appropriate technology (electronic survey tools; mobile apps; interactive formats; technological accessibility; social networking).
  • Participating institutions determine independently how to address issues of resilience on their own campuses, given their unique resources, interests, and student populations.