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ODU Resilience Collaborative

The ODU Resilience Collaborative (ODURC) is a consortium of leading scholars actively engaged in research, education, and outreach on critical issues for resilienceat the community, regional, national, and global levels. It replaces the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) as a coordinated, campus-wide effort for resilience collaboration. ODURC is open to all faculty studying all types of resilience, and despite its roots, is not limited to flooding, sea level rise, or climate research.

The ODU Resilience Collaborative creates and disseminates knowledge, develops and conducts innovative projects, and supports decision making about resilience issues. Key areas of focus include climate change and sea level rise, adaptation, cybersecurity, health, and community resilience.

The ODU Resilience Collaborative provides the overarching framework for organizing and coordinating resilience-related initiatives at ODU.

Steering Committee

  • Wie Yusuf, School of Public Service, College of Business
  • Michael Allen, Department of Geography & Political Science, College of Arts & Letters
  • Larry Atkinson, Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, College of Sciences
  • Steven Becker, Department of Community & Environmental Health, College of Health Sciences
  • Joshua Behr, VMASC
  • Den Claud, College of Continuing Education & Professional Development
  • Carol Considine, Department of Engineering Technology, College of Engineering
  • Michelle Covi, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Sciences and Virginia Sea Grant
  • Mujde Erten-Unal, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Olaniyi Olayinka, Center for Global Health, College of Health Sciences
  • Burton St. John, Department of Communication & Theatre Arts, College of Arts & Letters
  • Elizabeth Smith, Academic Affairs
  • Jackie Stein, Office of Research
  • Emily Steinhilber, Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency and the Office of Research
  • Cindy Tomovic, STEM Education & Professional Studies, College of Education & Professional Studies
  • Tancy Vandecar-Burdin, Social Science Research Center


President Broderick, Larry Atkinson and Elizabeth Smith at the Oceans 12 Conference

Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Adaptation Forum

Sea Level Rise Meeting

Related Partners


Many internal and external groups support and are affiliated with the Old Dominion University Resilience Collaborative.

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