A newsletter of the Academic Resilience Consortium

Volume 2: Issue 1

Spring 2022


Conference Information

Webinar Information

Program Spotlights:

  • The Academic Guides Program
  • The O’Neill Resilience and Wellbeing Initiative
  • The Gratitude Challenge


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ARC Presents Conference 2022:

A More Resilient Future

Welcome to The Academic Resilience Consortium (ARC). We are a collaborative community dedicated to promoting academic resilience in higher education to help college students learn, thrive, and attain their goals.

Our rescheduled international Conference 2022: A More Resilient Future, will be held October 25-26, 2022 at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Conference features include:

  • many exciting networking, strategy, and training opportunities at the live venue, including an interactive Resilience Welcome Reception
  • engaging presentations with tools and ideas to bring back to your campus
  • a virtual live-streamed option for those who wish to attend the conference sessions remotely
  • reduced conference fee and post-conference access to recorded proceedings (for ARC members only)
Click Here for more Conference Information and Updates

I invite you to join ARC today

to enjoy all the membership benefits,

including the reduced conference fee.

Karen Oehme, ARC Chair ( 850-645-0024

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Don't miss our

Webinar on March 30th

ARC Explores Webinar Series:

COVID-19 & Mental Health in Higher Education

Join us for an interactive session on Covid-19 and Mental Health in Higher Education, led by Dr. Sara GormanEthan Fields and Erlinda Delacruz from The Jed Foundation (JED). Many college students are experiencing worsened mental health and emotional well-being due to the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. This session will explore these challenges and address how to introduce effective programs on college campuses to bolster resilience among struggling students.

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Date: March 30, 2022

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm (EST)

Location: Zoom

Meeting ID: 999 6692 7087

Password: 144382

Register Here for the Webinar

Coming in April:

ARC Explores: Helping Students Thrive through Academic Recovery Courses

Wednesday April 20, 2022

Join us in this session led by Ashley Gragido, Associate Director of Student Success & Academic Resiliency at California State University San Marcos. Learn about theories that can inform the structure of student success courses on the topics of academic recovery, resiliency, and personal development. Leave with ideas about how to create your own courses, including course themes, sample assignments, and next steps to build collaborative partnerships on your campus.

Program Spotlight on

The Academic Guides Program  

Debbie Hughes - Duke University

Introduced in Fall 2020, the Academic Guides program is a Duke Endowment funded initiative of the Office of Undergraduate Education at Duke University. Members of this team create evidence-based, holistic approaches to student engagement that support students’ academic and emotional well-being and help promote resilience.


Click Here for the Program's Website

By placing the Academic Guides’ offices in the residence halls on Duke’s West Campus, where all sophomores, juniors and resident seniors live, the program seeks to normalize help seeking beyond the first-year experience and expand access to available academic services to presumably “established” students.

Whether by organizing conversations with students, faculty, and staff around the challenges we all face as we grow into the best versions of ourselves, or through residence hall-based gatherings designed to raise awareness of university resources, the Guides have become a visible and engaging presence in the West Campus “quads”. We have also led students on guided wellness walks, offered drop-in academic advising opportunities, and teamed up with colleagues in other offices to raise awareness about nationally competitive scholarships and graduate entrance exams. Through one-on-one consultations, we have collectively advised hundreds of students in our residential communities as they explore how to get the most out of their undergraduate experience. 

To learn more about this and other resilience programs, attend the 2022 ARC Conference: A More Resilient Future. Click Here for details.

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Program Spotlight on

The O'Neill Resilience and

Wellbeing Initiative 

Rebecca Gilbert – Indiana University: Bloomington


The O’Neill Resilience and Wellbeing Initiative at Indiana University Bloomington is an exciting partnership between the Student Health Center and the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The O’Neill School identified wellbeing as a core value; in 2020, they approached the Student Health Center to create a program which promotes student resilience development. 

The current program consists of four components:

an 8-week, 1 credit hour undergraduate course,

a series of graduate student seminars, sponsored health-coaching sessions and licensed counselors with offices in the O’Neill building.

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The undergraduate class is a unique feature of this project. Resilience and Wellbeing for Public Leaders is a research-based, psychoeducational course that integrates key concepts from health coaching, cognitive behavioral approaches and positive psychology to create a dynamic, experiential learning opportunity for personal growth and development. Students support and learn from each other through structured peer-mentorship workgroups. They learn how to apply skills learned in class and how to set and achieve meaningful goals. 

After completing the class, students are welcome to take advantage of further health coaching to maintain their progress.

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To learn more about this and other resilience programs, attend the 2022 ARC Conference: A More Resilient Future. Click Here for details.

Program Spotlight on

The Gratitude Challenge

Alex Bolinger - Idaho State

The COVID-19 pandemic has been very challenging for our university community and especially for incoming and early-career students who missed out on many academic, extracurricular, and social opportunities in high school and their first semesters of college. We launched the Idaho State University Honors Program's Gratitude Challenge in the fall of 2021 to combat the profound sense of isolation, emotional exhaustion, and other challenges to our students' mental health and overall well-being. The Gratitude Challenge is grounded in a growing body of research on the benefits of writing letters of gratitude to rebuild a shared sense of community and to increase the well-being of both students and the people around them (Adair et al., 2020; Kumar & Epley, 2018).

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We are looking forward to sharing how one numerically small program on campus used the Gratitude Challenge to reach out to the entire campus community and generate participation that benefited hundreds of students, faculty/staff, and alumni.

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To learn more about this and other resilience programs, attend the 2022 ARC Conference: A More Resilient Future. Click Here for details.


A Moment of Resilience

What are the Characteristics of Resilient People?

Cognitive Flexibility

  • Being aware of negative thoughts
  • Avoiding perfectionism

Active Coping Skills

  • Seeking out resources
  • Engaging in healthy responses to stress

Emotional Self-regulation

  • Having the ability to focus
  • Planning ahead


  • Being hopeful for the future
  • Having a sense of humor

Physical Well-being

  • Getting good sleep
  • Having healthy eating and exercise habits
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Supportive Social Network

  • Building prosocial skills that foster supportive relationships
  • Engaging in positive communities


  • Having positive core values and beliefs
  • Finding meaning and purpose in life


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Wu, G., Feder, A., Cohen, H., Kim, J. J., Calderon, S., Charney, D. S., & Mathe, A. A. (2013). Understanding resilience.

Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 1–15.

ARC Contact Details


(850) 645-0024