The Resilience Project

The Resilience Project is a series of workshops aiming to equip UChicago students with the tools they need to resist discouragement and manage stress better so they can achieve their goals.  Led by Dr. Alex Lickerman, you will craft a personal mission statement, set goals, and learn how to make positivity a habit. This series of 90-minute workshops is free to any interested student.

Note about 2015-16: Unfortunately, at this time we will not be able to offer the Project in the 2015-16 academic year, though, we hope to offer it in future years.

In the meantime, please feel free to check out Dr. Alex Licekerman’s book The Undefeated Mind, from which the program is based. Please feel free to also check out for information on wellness and stress management.



Managing Expectations: Learn to form realistic expectations about goal difficulty by talking and gathering data from others. Use this data to develop an expectation that immunizes you against discouragement.

Willpower: Learn how the techniques of avoidance and distraction are superior to willpower for resisting temptation and how to use them effectively to achieve your goals.

Self-Explanatory Style: Learn your own style of explaining adverse events, and how the stories we tell ourselves affect resilience and opportunities for success.

Acceptance: Learn to accept unpleasant feelings associated with goals or experiences without becoming paralyzed or giving up.

Letting Go: Learn how to get past losses.

Gratitude:  Learn to be grateful for gifts and opportunities by making lists of gifts and imagining losing things you often take for granted.

Finding Your Mission: Develop a personal mission statement for your life and use it to stay strong, focused, and smart about decisions you make while moving toward your future.

Learn more about resilience in the links below:
"The Undefeated Mind" (Dr. Alex Lickerman's book)
Mayo Clinic 
Psychology Today

This free workshop series is being made possible through a research study being conducted by Dr. Alex Lickerman and Dr. Michael Quinn.