Mason's Resilience Badging Challenge workshop is a five-week blended workshop (a combination of online and in-person sessions).  During the workshop, participants will acquire and demonstrate skills such as problem solving, decision making, flexibility and adaptability in an interactive way.

This workshop is a partnership between George Mason University and the Education Design Lab.

Why Badging?

According an Economist Intelligence Unit report (2015), "problem solving, team working, and communication (commonly known as "21st century skills") are the most-needed skills in the workplace." To meet this need, in Spring 2016 Mason launched the Resilience Badging Challenge. Activities include StrengthsFinder, 360 Checkster Assessment and T-Profile. So far 26 students successfully completed the challenge.

Upcoming Workshops

The Spring workshop (five in-person sessions) will take place on:

Session 1: Wednesday, February 19th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 2: Wednesday, February 26th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 3: Wednesday, March 11th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 4: Wednesday, March 18th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Session 5: Wednesday, March 25th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Interested in joining? Complete the application form today! Limited seats available.

The application will close on Wednesday, February 12th (11:59 pm) or when all seats have been filled.

Testimony from students who have earned the badge! (Fall 2019):

  • This is great learning experience to improve on self-discovery and how to overcome adversity.
  • If you are looking for an opportunity to build your resilience capacity and get to know yourself on a deeper level, this is a great workshop for that.
  • I have shared the badge on my LinkedIn profile and I’m planning to talk about the experience and what I gained from it in my interviews.
  • I hope to improve my chances of acquiring a job, as having a unique certificate will make me stand out.
  • I will definitely use the content learned in job interviews where similar situations will apply.


  1. How do I access the content for the workshop?
    1. The workshop content is completely accessible via Blackboard. You can access it under the "Organizations" tab in Blackboard by clicking "Resilience Workshop – Spring 2020." We will review the content during the sessions, but we ask that you look it over briefly before our meetings.
  2. I signed up for the workshop, but now I don’t think I have time to attend the sessions or complete the work. What do I do?
    1. The workshop is completely free and optional so you are free to change your mind. We do ask that if you sign up, you are intent on keeping the commitment to earn the badge. The online assignments are very short and “graded” for completion, but they are mainly designed for your benefit, as they are tools for success in developing resilience.
    2. If you find that this is the case, please contact us and we will do everything in our power to help you in order to make the badge-earning process as stress free as possible!
  3. What do I have to do to earn the badge?
    1. Each week you must participate in an online discussion and complete an assignment (e.g. reflection). Each activity is graded. You must obtain a score of 80/100 or higher AND you must attend at least 3 in-person sessions to qualify for the badge.
      1. Online discussions (short post and peer response)
      2. Assignments (short reflections or assessments)
      3. In-person session attendance and participation
    2. Earning criteria:
      1. The recipient of this badge has a strong understanding of resilience and its applications in the workplace.
      2. The recipient of this badge has successfully applied their resilience skills, and the associated sub-competencies in a professional environment.
      3. The recipient of this badge has exhibited their resilience skills through a series of performance-based assessments grounded in workplace scenarios.
  4. Where does the badge “live” and what can I do with it after I’ve completed the workshop? How do I access it?
    1. As authorized by the Education Design Lab, the badge “lives” on the platform Acclaim. Once students complete the workshop, we will walk them through the steps to access their badge electronically and then share it to social media profiles, such as LinkedIn.
    2. Acclaim also has great resources for students to access regarding career opportunities and job postings in the area that specifically identify resilience as a desired characteristic for that field. The final workshop session with Career Services will focus on how to use the badge in academic and professional settings!

Online module with videos, guiding questions and tools

Online module with videos, guiding questions and tools

Online module with videos, guiding questions and tools

Student Reactions

The Mason's Resilience Badging Challenge was an inspiring workshop that pushed me to become more aware about growing and being a better person, even if resiliency is a life-long journey (as are many things). - Spring 2017 participant

In the News

GMU’s Resilience Badge Takes Off (October, 2017)

This month George Mason University issued the Resilience Badge to a third cohort. The Resilience Badge is one of eight 21st Century Skills digital badges that the Lab developed with a dozen university partners. A diverse group of 36 students traversing varying majors, academic years, and student populations, joined together for their final meetup signifying the end of their badge earning journey.  Click to continue reading... 

The Facilitator

Lewis E. Forrest II, is currently an Associate Dean for University Life at George Mason University. Within University Life, Lewis supervises three units and serves on several campus wide committees and initiatives. Many of the initiatives are specific to Well-Being and student engagement. He is an Alum of Mason ('96) receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in African-American Studies, and a Master’s degree in Counseling and Development from the College of Education and Human Development ('05).

Fall 2017 Workshop

Fall 2017 Workshop

Spring 2017 Workshop

Lewis E. Forrest, II (Facilitator)

Fall 2017 Workshop

Fall 2017 Workshop

Spring 2017 Workshop

Spring 2017 Workshop

PBS NewsHour

Education Design Lab

The Patriot Experience captures students' involvement through four different pathway areas: Well-being, Career Readiness, Civic Learning and Community Engagement and Global and Multicultural Competency

The Mason's Resilience Badging Challenge counts as credit toward the Patriot Experience Well-being Pathway!

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