Will Pryor is graduating with a BS in electrical engineering. According to nominator Angela Thieman-Dino, when it comes to supporting community wellness, Will is not standing outside and reaching in to lend a hand – he is alongside, leading, caring and innovating from "in the trenches." After losing four peers to suicide, Will co-founded a mental wellness non-profit called Connecting Flight, through which he has implemented mental wellness programming in the college, serving over 100 students and collaborating with professors, mental health professionals and volunteers. He participated in and served as a TA for the Learning to Work in Teams pilot course, which helps students communicate more effectively with others, build trusting relationships, and better navigate moods crucial to collaboration and a person’s sense of wellbeing. Nominator Aaron Roof said Will has also “directly contributed to the improved focus on mental health and wellness within the Presidents Leadership Class.” Through his nonprofit, classroom engagement and co-curricular commitments, he has cultivated a community of care in CU Engineering and beyond, and has done so in ways that exemplify engineering's grounded, informed, innovative and collaborative approach.
Will’s advice to students: “I sincerely encourage other students to stand up and better our approach to educating whole engineers. There is no shortage of support waiting to elevate your ideas and implement your solutions. I had never imagined that I could have started a non-profit or implemented wellness programming. You can too, and I hope you do!”