Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being

Pruitt Center

Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being

The Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being is committed to promoting and enhancing the science and practice of mindfulness and well-being. The Pruitt Center does this by providing mindfulness and well-being resources and expertise through events, classes, and workshops for our greater community and across the UW Superior Campus. It’s their goal to make mindfulness easily accessible so that more people will have the tools they need to better manage stress, relationships, and their lives. To help achieve this goal, The Pruitt Center has a high priority in building community by establishing partnerships and collaborations across campus and the greater community.

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. See what’s coming up!

Mindfulness Resources

Helpful Information & Tools

Check out our list of helpful resources from mindfulness Apps to Podcast to books.

Research Articles

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.

Randy Barker, director of health, counseling & well-Being, leads a UW-Superior Center for Continuing Education class, “Self-Care Strategies for Older Adults,” in the Yellowjacket Union.

What We Provide for our Surrounding Community

Outside of campus, we offer microcredential classes and workshops for groups, businesses and organizations. We work with various groups to create specialized workshops and programming that is needed and beneficial to the groups we are working with. This can be for K-12 students, teachers, sports teams, businesses that work in stressful environments and non-profits. The goal is to help meet any need for help in decreasing stress, increasing self-awareness and improved well-being. Below is a list of classes and workshops we provide.

This class is great for employees, volunteers, business owners, or anyone who works in a stressful environment. Learning the necessary skills to take care of oneself can increase quality of life and overall happiness. This workshop helps:

  • Identify ways to address, prevent, and recover from burnout
  • Find steps to reduce workplace stress
  • Prevention: Identifying feelings of burnout BEFORE you’re burned out
  • Help in understanding ourselves (self-awareness) and what we can and cannot handle
  • Learning to say no AND ask for what is needed

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to identify and regulate one’s emotions and understand the emotions of others. Since emotions go with us everywhere, this class provides the necessary skills that can greatly improve a working environment by helping us deal more effectively with people at work, home, and in life in general. Gaining better emotional Intelligence helps:

  • Improve impulse control
  • Reduce team stress
  • Build Relationships
  • Defuse Conflict
  • Improve job satisfaction
  • Recognize biases
  • Increase self-awareness

This is a four-part workshop focusing on the PERMANENT* Model of Well-Being in the workplace, a holistic approach to living well in mind, body, and spirit. In addition to learning well-being concepts and strategies to help you flourish professionally, you’ll experience and reflect on lessons from the most up-to-date scientific research, including:

  • Positive Psychology
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Neuroscience and Positive Education

*Present Moment Awareness, Emotional Intelligence, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement, Needed Sleep, Exercise, Nutrition & Thinking

In this course participants will learn about mindfulness; what it is, how it can help in reducing stress, and how to incorporate more of it into your life. In addition, the course includes practice of many different forms of mindfulness, from meditation to gentle stretching, to awareness of the breath, and more. This is a 6-week program.

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 “Other” and in the box below type “Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being” for your donation.

To learn more, ask questions about events, schedule a speaking engagement or plan a workshop, please reach out to us at