ODESSA, Texas (YourBasin) – With the basin still recovering after the tragic shooting in August of 2019, one local university is hoping to make the process easier for its students and the community.
In response to the mass shooting, the University of Texas Board of Regents presented a $10,000 check to UTPB. The funds will be donated to the “West Texas Strong Moving Forward with Resilience” program. Through the new program, students will learn the effects trauma has on health, and how to spot signs of trauma. UTPB Student body president Carmen Dragun says the program hopes to make sure students will be able to move forward from traumatic events in their life with more poise. She goes on to say that this program could serve as a preventative measure from future tragedies occurring.
Becky Spurlock, vice president of student affairs and leadership at UTPB, says this program means a lot to her because she worked with students who witnessed the mass shooting, and she saw the trauma they were experiencing first-hand. Spurlock says she hopes the program will teach students how to help themselves as well as help others.
When the program begins in February, the resilience program will be incorporated into a freshman seminar first-year students are required to take. However, UTPB will be training students who are already enrolled at the school.