Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education

Harvard University’s Bureau of Study Counsel has received a grant from a private donor to help fund a symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education in collaboration with the Resilience Consortium. 


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The goal of the 2018 Symposium on Academic Resilience is to bring together members of The Resilience Consortium to share ideas, have conversations, and learn from colleagues, in ways that forward our work in higher education.

The symposium has been designed to surface and explore questions that have emerged in our work, for example:

  • How do we define resilience, particularly academic resilience?
  • How do we understand resilience in the context of diverse identities and experiences?
  • How do we assess and promote resilience?
  • How do different perspectives from academic and student affairs approach and support students in developing resilience? 
  • What are we doing on ourcampuses to support student resilience?

The Symposium will provide the opportunity for professionals across multiple disciplines in higher education to come together to learn, network, and share their knowledge and experience on the topic of student resilience in higher education.

Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education
Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge, University of Pennsylvania

Monday, November 19

8:00 - 9:00
Registration opens; Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30
Welcome and Opening Remarks; Panel Discussion with The Resilience Consortium Steering Committee
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:30
Show and Tell Sessions
11:30 - 1:00
Small Group Discussions; Lunch
1:00 - 2:00
Student Panel
2:00 - 2:15
2:15 - 3:15
In-Depth Presentations
3:15 - 4:15
Incubator Session
4:15 - 6:00
6:00 - 8:00
Dinner together

Tuesday, November 20

8:30 - 9:30 Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 In-Depth Presentations
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:30 Show and Tell Sessions
11:30 - 1:00 Table Discussions and Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 Special Concurrent Sessions
2:00 - 3:00 Closing Plenary Session and Raffle                                                                                                         


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Transportation and Lodging

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn), in Philadelphia, PA, is located in close proximity to the Philadelphia Airport and the 30th Street Station (Amtrak).
The Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education will be held in Houston Hall. Follow signs to Bodek Lounge.

Campus Map

Transportation From The Philadelphia Airport

From the Philadelphia Airport, cabs are available to Center City Philadelphia or Penn’s Campus.  Philadelphia Taxi Cab Service:  215-535-6700.  Taxi charge is around $32.  A taxi stand is located immediately outside of the baggage claim at each terminal.  Uber also picks up at the Philadelphia Airport.

The R1 SEPTA Rail from the Philadelphia Airport, stops at 30th Street Station, close to Penn’s campus; the charge is $8.00 per person.  This service provides wheelchair accessible transportation. 

Transportation From 30th Street Station (Amtrak)

Amtrak stops at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, which is a short taxi ride to/from Penn.  Taxis are available on the east side of the building.  You are also able to travel to Penn on the LUCY, a wheelchair accessible mini-bus that is available from 6:10 am to 7:00 pm (Monday – Friday).  The fare is $2.00.

Driving And Parking Directions

This link provides directions to Houston Hall, in the Perelman Quad at the University of Pennsylvania, the location of the Symposium on Academic Resilience in Higher Education (SARHE).

Hotel Accommodations

The following accommodations are located in the University City / West Philadelphia area.   Events in the Philadelphia area may influence rates and availability.  Rates do not include tax.  You are encouraged to book early. 

The Inn at Penn, a Hilton Hotel - located on the Penn Campus.  The Inn at Penn’s 245 newly renovated guest rooms feature complimentary WIFI, refrigerators and media hub, plus a complimentary fitness center and valet parking. We have 15 rooms at a discounted group rate – on a first-come basis. 

Event name:        Resilience Consortium

Group code:        RSCM

Rate:                     $169.00 (group rate)

Address:              3600 Sansom Street; Philadelphia, PA

Phone:                  215-222-0200    800-231-4587 after business hours

Parking:                Valet parking available at a cost of $43 per night.  This charge is added to each individual guest room bill.


The Study at University City – located four blocks from the Penn Campus. The Study Hotel features 212 guestrooms, the CO-OP Restaurant and Lounge.

Rate:                Room rates vary, starting at $209 per night. Ask for the "campus visitor's discount."

Address:          20 South 33rd Street

Phone:             215-398-1869; Ask for the reservation coordinator

Parking:           Valet parking is available at a cost of $42 per night. The charge is added to each individual guest room bill.


Homewood Suites by Hilton University City – located approximately eight blocks from the Penn Campus.

The 136 studio and one-bedroom suites feature fully equipped kitchens, complimentary high-speed internet, full breakfast and dinner (Monday – Thursday), fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool.


Rate:                Rates begin at $179 per night.

Address:          4109 Walnut Street

Phone:             215-382-1111

Parking:           Valet parking is available at a cost of $42 per night.


Spruce Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast – located approximately six blocks from the Penn Campus.

This 1879 Victorian mansion is located within walking distance or a short ride from the Penn Campus.


Rate:                Rates vary from $165-$195 per night

Address:          3702 Baring Street

Phone:             215-472-2213

Parking:           Located in a neighborhood, there is “on and off” street parking, depending on the time of day.


locationHouston Hall in the Perelman Quadrangle on the University of Pennsylvania campus. 

3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA.
The building is wheelchair accessible. 

Campus Map

Save The Date

calendarNovember 19, 20, 2018

Registration for the Symposium has reached space capacity and is now closed. 


contactsAdina Glickman


Symposium Steering Committee

Adina Glickman [Chair]

Director, Student Learning Strategies Programs
Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
Stanford University

Abigail Lipson [Associate Chair]

Director, (retired) Bureau of Study Counsel
Harvard University

Myrna Cohen [Venue]

Executive Director
Weingarten Learning Resources Center
University of Pennsylvania

Dominic Voge [Program]

Associate Director
McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning
Princeton University

Mike Brody [Program]

Vice President for Student Services
Reed College

Amy Honigman [Communications]

Senior Clinical Psychologist
Counseling and Psychological Services
University of California, Berkeley

Tayyab Rashid [Assessment]

Psychotherapist and Clinical Researcher
Health & Wellness Centre, Graduate Program in Psychological Science
University of Toronto Scarborough