The Resilience Consortium is an association of faculty, professionals, and students in higher education -- including representatives of learning services, counseling services, advising programs, academic departments, bridge programs, etc. -- who are interested in understanding and promoting student resilience.

Vision & Mission

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. Participating institutions determine independently how to address issues of resilience on their own campuses, given their unique resources, interests, and student populations.

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

  • To better understand the nature of resilience in our students’ lives and work
  • To develop and implement interventions to promote student resilience
  • To 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

  • Participants welcome and respect diverse cultural and personal assumptions, values, circumstances, and perspectives.  
  • Participants strive for collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and alumni within their own university communities. 
  • Participants strive to make full use of appropriate technology (electronic survey tools; mobile apps; interactive formats; technological accessibility; social networking).


The Resilience Consortium is guided by a Steering Committee of representatives from four of the founding schools:

  • Abigail Lipson
    Director (retired)
    Bureau of Study Counsel
    Harvard University

  • Adina Glickman
    Director, Student Learning Strategy Programs
    Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning 
    Stanford University

  • Myrna Cohen
    Executive Director
    Weingarten Learning Resources Center
    University of Pennsylvania

  • Nic Voge
    Senior Associate Director
    McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
    Princeton University


The Resilience Consortium emerged from shared interests in student resilience among a group of Ivy+ Learning Services colleagues in 2013.  We had benefited from sharing among ourselves various initiatives, articles, and other resources, and from supporting one another in our efforts to understand and promote student resilience.  In order to provide a format for further collaboration, the Resilience Consortium website was created, hosted by the Bureau of Study Counsel at Harvard University. 

The founding participants included representatives from Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania.  Shortly after launching the website and beginning to populate it with materials from the founding members, the Resilience Consortium opened itself to membership and submissions from all institutions of higher education.  The coordination of the Resilience Consortium and the management of the website are now shared by members from four of the founding institutions.

In 2018, the generosity of a private donor through Harvard University's Bureau of Study Counsel made it possible for the Resilience Consortium to sponsor a symposium, the Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education, planned for the fall of 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania.

How to Use This Website

The purpose of this website is to provide the members of The Resilience Consortium with a virtual gathering place where they can share links to the work they are doing (programs, assessment tools, publications, etc.), whatever their role in higher education (learning services, counseling/wellness services, orientation programs, teaching, research, etc.). 

As a visitor to the site, you can browse the materials posted here by topic, by type, or by institution.  The website reflects the mission of The Resilience Consortium as an invitation for consultation and collaboration, support and inspiration, across our various institutions and professions, to understand and support student resilience in higher education.