The University of Wyoming will host training workshops next week aimed at bringing positive changes in the overall wellness of Native American students and others in the UW community.

Representatives from the Native Wellness Institute will be at the university Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24. The UW Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center is sponsoring the free event, UW says.

The NWI is offering the training to help participants focus on positive behavioral change and achieve physical, mental and emotional well-being.

"One of the goals of the Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center is to strengthen the development of the future leaders of Indian Country,” says James Trosper, the director of both the NAERCC and the High Plains American Indian Research Institute, in a statement. “In order for positive change to occur in our communities, it will be important for our future leaders to understand where negative behavior comes from. We want to provide our students with the tools they will need to create positive growth for our people."

The NWI training opens with a coffee-and-donuts hour at 10:30 a.m. in the NAERCC classroom, on the corner of 10th and Ivinson streets.

Sessions for UW faculty and staff members will be from noon to 2 p.m. in Salon A of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. The session for students will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Salon A.

These training sessions will be accompanied by a public presentation by the NWI scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 at 11 a.m. in the NAERCC classroom. A one-on-one consultation, featuring UW President Laurie Nichols and Tropser will take place from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Main Boardroom.

After that, student training will resume from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and participants can attend a dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gateway Center.