Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being

Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being

The Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being is 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 is also focusing efforts on establishing partnerships and collaboration across campus and the greater community.

Who We Are and Who We Serve

The Pruitt Center was established on Aug. 27, 2018, after a three-year, grassroots effort by a working group. This working group was committed to establishing, promoting and enhancing mindfulness and well-being on the UW-Superior campus and greater community. We offer virtual services and events, expanding our reach even further.

The staff of the Pruitt Center consists of Randy Barker, the Director for Health, Counseling, and Well-Being, and Lori Tuominen, the Program Manager. The early members of the working group now form our internal Advisory Board.

PERMANENT Well-Being Model

Based on Seligman’s PERMA Model

The PERMANENT Model of Well-Being is the foundation of UW-Superior’s commitment to prioritizing mindfulness and well-being on campus. 

Upcoming Events

Pruitt Center Calendar

From speakers to workshops to yoga practices, the Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being continually develops events for the UW-Superior campus and greater community.

Research & Resources

Published Articles

Find information on case studies, guides and published articles about topics related to mindfulness and well-being.

Past Events & Activities

By Academic Year

Peruse past events and activities by academic year.

Our Benefactors

The Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being would never have been possible were it not for the generous support of our benefactors, Becky and Doug Pruitt.

The Pruitts’ tremendous generosity, dedication and commitment to education and a culture of compassion and caring led to the establishment of the Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being at UW-Superior. Becky (Black) Pruitt is a medical technology and biology alumna of UW-Superior. She also received her master’s degree in human science from Saybrook Graduate School. Doug graduated from Oklahoma State University with an AS degree in civil technology and later graduated from the University of Phoenix in business administration. They currently split their time between Paradise Valley, Arizona, and Knife River, Minnesota.

After working as a medical technologist for several years, Becky became a stay-at-home mom raising two children while continuing her love for learning. She has been an active volunteer on many boards in the Phoenix area as well as the UW-Superior Alumni Association. Her dedication to mindfulness and well-being also includes serving on the advisory board for the Greater Good Science Center, UC-Berkeley and the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resiliency at Arizona State University. Doug spent his career with the Sundt Construction family for 45 years, serving as Chairman and CEO from 1998 until his retirement, and continues serving on many business and community boards.


The Pruitt Center has partnered with several organizations, including:

  • Healthy Minds Innovation
  • Wilderness Health Collaborative
  • Superior School District
  • Arizona State University Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience
  • Miller-Dwan Foundation
  • Ready North

Support the Pruitt Center

Your generosity to the Pruitt Center will support the important initiatives and programs we are providing to UW-Superior and the greater community.

When using the online gift form, under the “Designation” field, please select “Invest in Programs – Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being” for your donation.