Response and Resiliency - IHE

Response and Resiliency
Higher Education

Building response and resiliency in Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) is an important process that helps students and campus staff cope with and recover from a crisis. It refers to the protective factors put in place prior to a crisis that helps build mental and emotional resilience and prepare victims for the challenging times following a tragic event.

The risks that academic campuses face encompass both natural and man-made disasters. Over the years, colleges and universities across the nation have experienced unspeakable tragedies, including campus shootings, and heartbreaking natural disasters such as hurricanes and flooding. To develop protective factors and help prepare for these scenarios, a safe and supportive learning environment on college and university campuses is paramount.

The following resources are organized into three sections: prevention, recovery, and resilience. In addition, resources that specifically address campus shootings and gun violence are also included.

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