Undergraduate Academic Affairs

July 10, 2019

Resilience Lab announces 2019 seed grant recipients

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

The University of Washington Resilience Lab and the Campus Sustainability Fund have joined together to award 20 grants to UW projects designed to cultivate sustainability, compassion and resiliency; to engage hardships, setbacks and failures with empathy and vulnerability; to foster connectedness, belonging and community; and to embrace both common humanity and diversity within the human experience. Students, staff and faculty from all three campuses applied for seed grants to fund research, workshops, retreats, activities, faculty-invited speakers and other events tailored for students, faculty and staff in support of these aims. Together the Resilience Lab and the Campus Sustainability Fund awarded a total of $38,575 to individuals and groups.

The range of proposals demonstrate the need and collective interest to realize sustainability and compassion-building work. In all, students, faculty and staff submitted 42 proposals from 31 different departments/programs across all three UW campuses. From that group, 20 grants were made to fund the ideas of faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students representing 18 departments. Funded projects are intended to benefit the broad UW community at all three campuses.

“The creative ideas people had to build connection and support well-being was just inspiring,” said Anne Browning, director of the Resilience Lab. Projects range from cultivating mindful leadership in faculty, a podcast series focused on indigenous well-being in Urban Seattle, the creation of sustainability-centered curriculum, all with the intent of creating more sustainable and resilient communities.

For his project, “Creating a Climate Heat Map: Finding Equitable and Inclusive Spaces on Campus,” School of Education Ph.D. candidate Kaleb Germinaro said, “A SEED grant provides me the space to explore a creative passion while creating a useful tool for my peers and community.” Associate professors in the College of Built Environments Julie Johnson and Brooke Sullivan highlighted this year’s theme in their project “Raising Resilience,” saying, “As resilience and well-being are central to our built environments, we look forward to engaging with College of Built Environments (CBE) faculty to develop pedagogy that supports students’ own resilience, well-being and compassion through their studies.”

A list of funded projects and the project leads is below. For more information about the projects, visit the UW Resilience Lab’s website. Funding for these seed grants is provided by the Campus Sustainability Fund and the UW Resilience Lab.

Funded projects and project leads are:

Creating a Climate Heat Map: Finding Equitable and Inclusive Spaces on Campus
Project lead: Kaleb Germinaro, Ph.D. Candidate, College of Education, Seattle

A Retreat to Build Faculty Capacity for Mindful Leadership
Project lead: Anthony Back, Professor, School of Medicine, Oncology, Seattle

Many Voices: A Storytelling Toolkit for Community-Based Oral History Projects
Project lead: Dillion Connelly, Masters Student, Art of Museology, Seattle

Resilience and Compassion @ Odegaard Pop up Events
Project lead: Emilie Vrbancic, Undergraduate Experience Library, Odegaard Library, Seattle

Making Space in Higher Education- Diversity, Inclusion, and More
Project Lead: Erica Mallet, Ph.D. Candidate, Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership

Telling Our Stories at Neah Bay Elementary
Project lead: Christine Stickler, Director, UW Pipeline Project, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Center for Experiential Learning, Seattle

Darn it! A mobile clothing repair and experience across UW Campuses
Project lead: Coreen Callister, Graduate student, Interaction Design< Division of Design, School of Art, Art History + Design, Seattle

Raising Resilience: Connecting compassion and well-being with systems-based pedagogy in the College of the Built Environment
Project lead: Julie Johnson, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, Seattle

Diversity Includes Disability
Project lead: Sheryl Burgstahler, Director, Accessible Technology Services- Accessible Technology Services, Seattle

Building Resilience for Teaching at UW
Project lead: Christine Sugatan, Program Administrator, Center for Teaching and Learning, Seattle

Women in Applied Math Mentoring Program
Project lead: The Diversity Committee, The Department of Applied Mathematics, Seattle

Resilience and Urban in Public Writing Partnerships
Project lead: Candace Rai, Associate Professor and Director of the Expository Writing Program, Department of English, Seattle

Fostering Self-Compassion in the Transition to College: Developing Resources for Parents
Project lead: Emily Kroshus, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Seattle

Queer and Trans People of Color: Healing in the Outdoors
Project lead: Reb Zhou, Student, Q Center, Community Environment and Planning, Seattle

Health and Wellness at the Q Center
Project lead: Jen Self, Director, Q Center, Seattle

Trauma Informed Mindfulness Training
Project Lead: Megan Kennedy, Interim Student Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life-Student Life, Seattle

Women of Color in Global Health: Building Resilience and Community
Project Lead: Diem Nguyen, MPH Candidate, Department of Global Health, Seattle

Capillaries: The Journal of Narrative Medicine
Project Lead: Alice Ranjan, Student, Health Sciences Learning and Advocacy Group, Seattle

Indigenizing Urban Seattle Podcast
Project Lead: Jessica Hernandez, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Environmental and Forest Services, Seattle

Sustaining Fierce Compassion
Project Lead: Lauren Litchy, Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Bothell

About the UW Resilience Lab

The Resilience Lab promotes resilience development while normalizing failure and acknowledging the wide range of hardships our community members have faced and continue to face. As a laboratory space, the Resilience Lab tries new and creative methods for rethinking the UW experience in and out of the classroom.