Academic and Student Affairs Alliance Conference


The ASA Conference planning committee is excited to announce Dr. Anne Browning as the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Browning is the Founding Director of the University of Washington Resilience Lab (UWRL) and Special Assistant to the Dean and Vice Provost in Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

The UWRL began forming in the winter of 2015 as a space to discuss the strengths and challenges we have observed in UW student experiences as well as the concerns facing our community as a whole. Those conversations helped the university realize national trends and put the UWRL’s work in alignment with concurrent ongoing efforts at other institutions, including partners at Harvard University and Stanford University whose work helped shape the initial development of the Lab. Today, UWRL represents cross-campus collaborations between students, faculty, and staff who strive to develop resilience in ourselves and our community.

Keynote Address:

Don’t Just Program and Hope! Connecting the dots between data and programming
Dr. Anne Browning
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
9:45 – 10:45 a.m. (opportunity for questions at the end)
Alder Hall Auditorium

The UWRL’s transdisciplinary research team has collected longitudinal data on the entering 2017 undergraduate cohort.  Learn about students’ hopes and fear, challenges and supports, and what we have learned that can shape where we head as an institution. We will look at how outcomes of mental health, thriving, and academic performance are predicted by students’ internal resources (e.g. self-compassion and resilience coping) paired with external resources (e.g. social supports and school connections) and moderated by stressful events experienced during the first year. We will see who changes their intended major during their first year and who stay on a static course. Using data from the 2018 cohort, we’ll look at how worries about getting into majors, finding community, and being safe on campus effect students. We will provide a unique deep dive into who our students are that will help disrupt some of our common narratives and open our eyes to areas needing support that we may have overlooked.