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A Message from the ARC Steering Committee Chair and Vice Chair


The Academic Resilience Consortium (ARC) is a collaborative community dedicated to promoting academic resilience in higher education, to help college students learn, grow, and reach their goals. The faculty, staff, and students of the ARC represent the wide range of campus functions in higher education, including learning services, counseling services, advising programs, academic departments, campus life, and bridge programs, among others.

The ARC itself is a learning community. We are all in this work together: improving higher education, advancing our respective fields, and promoting college student success. As your ARC Chair and Vice Chair, we welcome your participation, questions, and feedback, and look forward to working and learning with you.

Karen Oehme, J.D., Steering Committee Chair

Karen, an FSU Distinguished University Scholar, received her BA in Communication from Florida Atlantic University and her J.D. from Florida State University. She is the director of the Institute for Family Violence Studies at the FSU College of Social Work, where she also oversees the FSU Student Resilience Project. Karen’s team designs and creates large-scale web-based trainings for professionals in many fields. Her work with the Student Resilience Project was shaped by a diverse group of students who wanted authentic, evidence-based resources shaped for a population that grew up on the internet. Her work emphasizes the needs of the end-user, and is therefore constantly being reshaped and refined in ongoing iterations. She admires the fearlessness of students in their gleeful use of new technologies, as well as the welcoming acceptance of people across life’s spectrums that defines and elevates Gen Z.

Amber Douglas, Ph.D., Steering Committee Vice Chair

Amber Douglas is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor in the department of psychology and education and the program in Africana studies at Mount Holyoke College. Currently, Professor Douglas serves as the inaugural director of Mount Holyoke’s Office of Student Success and Advising. Concurrently, she is the Dean of Studies, overseeing various offices related to academic student support. Dr. Douglas’s research focuses on questions of stress, trauma and resilience. She is particularly interested in understanding individual factors that are associated with academic resilience and thriving.  Her research poses questions about how identity shapes experiences of resilience and how interpersonal adjustment contributes to experiences of growth. In her private practice, Dr. Douglas works with adolescents and emergent adults specializing in trauma related disorders, anxiety disorders, interpersonal conflict and identity (e.g., gender, racial, ethnic) development.

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