Mo Oduwole

Former COM dual credit student serves those with disabilities

For Mosunmola “Mo” Oduwole, each assisted living center resident has a story.

Oduwole, a former College of the Mainland dual credit student, recently became a behavioral health specialist at the Austin State Supported Living Center of the Texas Department of Aging and Disabilities.

“I love helping people,” said Oduwole. “We don’t look at our residents as a group. We look at them as individuals. Everyone wants to be treated individually.”

Oduwole creates behavior plans to assist each resident in reaching their goals.

“I work with people who are medically fragile or have intellectual disabilities. My main goal in this position is to get my residents as independent as possible. They each have their own individual goals ranging from brushing their teeth independently to getting a part-time job.”

With a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology from Lamar University, Oduwole is grateful for the head start she gained through dual credit classes at COM.

“I started (at UTSA) as a sophomore,” said Oduwole. “Dual credit eased me into (college), and what I like about COM especially is the professors are truly there for their students. I learned I could approach professors.”

Before joining the Austin State Supported Living Center, Oduwole shared her passion for helping others by teaching first-generation college students at Lamar University in Beaumont.

“People know they want to go to college and want to graduate but don’t know how,” explained Oduwole. “We created learning communities. I would put students with a faculty mentor and with a wingman, a sophomore or junior who has already been through the class and can help guide them.”

She plans to bring those skills to her current position.

“Just as a professor has a syllabus that shows students how to reach their goal (passing the class), I develop and implement behavioral support plans,” said Oduwole. “It’s kind of awesome watching someone progress.”