Undergraduate Academic 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 Academic Advising is on the second floor of Wulsin Hall in The Learning Commons.

Contact:  or (303) 546-3535.


Lily Board

Lily BoardDirector, Undergraduate Academic Advising & The Learning Commons

BA, History; Teaching Certificate, 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), 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 strived 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.


Seann Goodman

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

BA, History; Teaching Certificate, 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 is 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 Peace Studies

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

For over ten 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 a way that is both inspired by poetic vision and grounded in heart-and-body-centered compassion.


Austin Pick

Austin PickAcademic Advisor for Creative Writing and Literature, Interdisciplinary Studies, Religious Studies, and Environmental Studies

BA, Religious Studies, James Madison University
MA, Religious Studies, Naropa University

As a writer, teacher, outdoorsman, and longtime contemplative practitioner, Austin believes that education is ultimately about learning to adapt and respond to our ever-changing world with cultivated awareness and authenticity. Austin's diverse experience is grounded in a commitment to interdisciplinary perspectives and multicultural understanding. His studies in Contemplative Religions, Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, and Anthropology reflect a deep interest in the narratives with which we script our lives, both collectively and individually. Austin has traveled and lived abroad, published short works of fiction and non-fiction, and attended retreats in the Dzogchen, Vipassana, and Zen traditions. In all of his work, Austin is dedicated to developing an ever more conscious engagement with our ongoing composition of the world – one that is expansive, inclusive, and compassionate.