Undergraduate Advising

Undergraduate Advising

All students are assigned an academic advisor, who is responsible for carefully guiding students through their academic journey at Naropa, beginning with new student orientation and ending with graduation. Advisors assist students in navigating academic policies and procedures, tracking degree requirements and creating course schedules each semester. Advisors also monitor students’ academic performance and intervene when students are in academic difficulty. Advisors are student advocates who assist students in making well-informed decisions regarding their education. This process includes helping students to clarify their interests, strengths and goals, as well as assisting them in developing their decision-making skills.

Undergraduate Advising is on the second floor of Wulsin Hall in The Learning Commons. Contact: 303-546-3535

Lily Board

Lily BoardDirector, The Learning Commons and Undergraduate Academic Advising

BA, History with a Teaching Certification in Adolescent Social Studies Education, SUNY Brockport
MA, Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University

Lily is a true believer in the power and brilliance of contemplative education. She brings over 10 years of experience within the field of higher education, both inside and outside of the classroom, to her position. During her graduate studies, Lily worked as a research assistant for the Center for Advancement of Contemplative Education (CACE) under Dr. Susan Burggraf, conducting faculty interviews to study the techniques and pedagogy of contemplative education being used at Naropa. During her tenure as an Academic Advisor at CU Boulder, she initiated advising approaches that strive to meet each individual student within their own unique developmental process and actively supported bridge-building efforts between campus constituents to establish a more cohesive network of student support services. In 2010 she was honored with CU Boulder’s Women Who Make a Difference Award, and in 2011 she won the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) prestigious Outstanding New Advisor Award. Lily is passionate about fostering well-rounded and successful academic journeys for Naropa’s students and is a great resource for all general academic support questions and referrals.

Nancy Jane

Nancy JaneAcademic Advisor for Environmental Studies, Peace Studies, Writing and Literature, and undeclared students

BA, French and Secondary Education, Lake Erie College
BS, Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts
MA, Transpersonal Psychology / Ecopsychology, Naropa University

Nancy is an educator, wilderness guide and council facilitator. On staff at the School of Lost Borders in CA, a training center for wilderness rites of passage guides, she leads youth, adult, and elder wilderness solos and has pioneered bringing this work to school settings. She has trained in the way of council with the Center for Council Training, Ojai, CA. For many years a naturalist and forester, Nancy is also an author (Bicycle Touring in the Pioneer Valley), an editor, an instructor of English as a second language, and formerly the director of admissions for a Waldorf school. Nancy has a special interest in working with people in deep ways, by connecting them to nature and furthering personal growth.

Giovannina Jobson

Givannia JobsonAcademic Advisor for Interdisciplinary Studies, Religious Studies, and undeclared students

BA, Expressive Arts, Sonoma State University
MA, Buddhist Studies and Contemplative Religions, Naropa University

Along with undergraduate advising, Giovannina is the Contemplative Practice Coordinator at Naropa and has taught courses in Buddhist philosophy and practice for the Religious Studies Department and the Naropa Core Program since 2000. She also serves as the faculty liaison for the Shambhala Training Levels offered through the Boulder Shambhala Center. She is a senior student of the founder Trungpa Rinpoche, an ordained Buddhist minister (Upadhyaya), and a meditation instructor trainer. She has great passion for the integration of the arts, spirituality and ritual.

Seann Goodman

Sean GoodmanAcademic Advisor for Traditional Eastern Arts, Early Childhood Education, Visual Arts, Music, Performance, and undeclared students

BA, History and Education, University of Colorado Boulder
MS, Educational Media Design and Technology, Full Sail University

A native to Boulder, Seann comes to Naropa and higher education after spending nine years working in a public high school setting. He taught history, philosophy, religion and social studies, and created a student leadership curriculum focused on self-awareness and personal actualization. He has trained in Compassionate Communication through the Center for Nonviolent Communication and carries a passion for service learning guided by the Bodhisattva’s vow. Seann is a futuristic thinker who relates the world of contemplative education and scientific advances in technology to the development of a more alive, awakened, and compassionate human consciousness.

Regina Smith


Regina SmithAcademic Advisor for Contemplative Psychology and undeclared students

BA, English Language and Literature, University of Maryland
MA, Contemplative Psychotherapy, Naropa University
MFA, Poetry, Sarah Lawrence College

For over 10 years, Regina has been a passionate student advocate, and has dedicated her career to helping students develop the authenticity and integrity necessary to navigate college life. She has supported students as a teacher (literature, first-year seminars, and creative writing), academic advisor, counselor, and friend. She currently serves as a teaching support professional in both the undergraduate and graduate Psychology programs, and is the founder of JoySpring Therapy. With graduate degrees in both Poetry and Contemplative Psychotherapy, Regina is committed to serving students in way that is both inspired by poetic vision and grounded in heart-and-body-centered compassion.

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