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Pathfinders Program

All students at TU are eligible to receive the benefits of Pathfinders. Student Access is available to discuss these opportunities with students.

Pathfinders Overview

The Pathfinders Program is uniquely designed for our TU students living with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Social Anxiety Disorders. In Student Access, we welcome our students living with these differences, as well as their friends and allies! Our program is specially tailored to meet the students’ needs.

In Pathfinders, students will participate in skills-building groups, social events, and Success Coaching, all with their sensory needs in mind. Our skills-building groups include topics such as building and maintaining relationships, talking with professors, and practicing self-care. Furthermore, our social events use specific tools like sensory-friendly games and service dogs to create a social atmosphere comfortable for all students. Finally, our Success Coaches guide students through academic topics and skills-building sessions, and help students grow as collegians and future professionals.

If you are interested in being a part of Pathfinders, please reach out to Student Access! We welcome you, your friends, and allies to be a part of Pathfinders.

Want to Learn More?

Contact Holden Trainer at or at, call 918-631-2315, or stop by the Pathfinders office on the first floor of Hardesty Hall-Holmes Student Center.

Contact Us

Anyone in Student Access can help you get connected! Specifically, Holden Trainer, is your point-person for Pathfinders.

Calendar of Events

Check out our events! All events are scheduled for Fridays at 4:00 pm.


Pathfinders Community Contract

At Pathfinders, we believe in creating a safe, comfortable environment where all students feel welcome and secure. Our Community Contract highlights our core beliefs, values, and guidelines as a campus group.

Value #1 – Speak with Kindness

At Pathfinders, we only use speech that creates a safe environment for all students, staff, and volunteers involved. This speech is free of hate, malice, and vulgarity. Our speech, to the best of our ability, will cause no harm to others in the group.

Value #2 – Acceptance of Others

In Pathfinders, we accept people as they are. We do not discriminate based on religion, sexual orientation, race, gender, or on any other basis. We accept group members as they are. Though we push each other to grow and learn, we believe in the genuineness of each group member. We accept their shared feelings and thoughts with dignity and respect.

Value #3 – Confidentiality

Our group values confidentiality. As we process, share, and disclose personal stories, we believe in keeping each other’s information private. Our group is a safe space to process thoughts and emotions, and we keep this space safe by not discussing group members’ information.

Wrapping Things Up

We expect all members of Pathfinders – students, volunteers, and staff – to uphold the Community Contract. We maintain this Community Contract because we care for one another and because we keep a safe, warm space for all who join Pathfinders. Upholding this contract is an act of kindness, caring, and compassion for yourself and your fellow group members.

Community Statement

As a member of Pathfinders, I am expected to uphold these values. I, to the best of my ability, will uphold the values of Pathfinders by abiding by the Community Contract. I follow these core values because I care about Pathfinders and the safe space it provides.