Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being

Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being
Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being


The mission of the Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being at the University of Wisconsin-Superior is to promote and enhance the science and practice of mindfulness and well-being for students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities.


Our vision is to become nationally recognized for the integration and advancement of mindfulness and well-being in higher education. We believe education has a dual purpose: building intellectual growth and fostering the development of well-being. This provides individuals with the knowledge and skills for career preparation along with the abilities to live authentically with greater meaning and purpose. The University of Wisconsin-Superior has made a deliberate commitment to advancing mindfulness and well-being as a priority for all students, faculty, and staff to improve campus climate, reduce mental health concerns, and improve achievement and retention efforts.

Pruett Center Meeting at UW-Superior


We believe that regardless of discipline or position, we all have the opportunity to be teachers and learners of well-being. UW-Superior’s commitment to well-being encourages all members of our campus and local community to learn what it means to be mindful, to improve relationships, to manage stress and adversity, to develop a range of interests and strengths, and to establish a sense of meaning and purpose in their lives and careers. 

Activities and Engagement

The Pruitt Center will become a gathering hub, serving to provide mindfulness and well-being resources and expertise, learning projects, and personal/professional development activities. The Pruitt Center is committed to advancing the science and practice of mindfulness and well-being, utilizing a multidimensional framework that recognizes a diverse population within the UW-Superior campus and surrounding region. The Pruitt Center will also focus efforts on establishing partnerships and collaboration across campus and the greater community.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week course consisting of weekly sessions and one all-day retreat. It is based on the highly successful program established in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This course if offered world-wide and is available for the first time at UW-Superior.

Weekly sessions include:

  • Instruction in mindfulness meditation practices and mindful living
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Exercises to enhance awareness in everyday life
  • Group discussion centering on specific topics related to mindful living

People who complete the course report one or more of the following:

  • Lasting improvements in physical and psychological symptoms
  • Increased ability to stay calm and to think more clearly
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Greater energy and enthusiasm for life
  • Reduction in pain levels and/or enhanced ability to cope with pain
  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Ability to cope more effectively with short and longterm stressful situations

The course fee is $50; Beginning September 10, 2018; Only 30 openings available

Courses available at UW-Superior in partnership with Essentia Health

For more information, please contact the Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being.

Pruitt Center Meeting


Who We Are

Randy Barker MSE, LPC : Interim Director, Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being

Mindfulness and Well-Being Advisory Board:

Dr. Mary Lee-Nichols: Associate Professor, Teacher Education

Kristine Patterson: Director, Campus Recreation

Maureen Rappley-Larson: Assistant Professor, Social Work

Dr. Shevaun Stocker: Department Chair, Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department and Associate Professor, Psychology

Who We Serve

  • UW-Superior students, faculty, staff, and alumni
  • Regional community
  • Research scholars, practitioners and lifelong learners