All students are assigned an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for 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.
Undergrad Academic Advising is located on the second floor of Wulsin Hall in The Learning Commons, an alliance of campus resources that actively collaborate to support a student's journey toward self-discovery, academic success, and engaged action in the world.
MEd, Adult Learning, Training and Development, Regis University
BA, Contemplative Psychology, Naropa University
A graduate of Naropa’s Contemplative Psychology program, Jessica believes in the crazy wisdom and transformative power of a contemplative education. As a longtime educator with over ten years of experience in the field of higher education, Jessica encourages students to manifest their inherent brilliance through mindfulness-based and experiential practices including cultivating compassion, self-love and an ongoing investigation of mind and body. Having earned her Masters of Education in Adult Learning, Training and Development from Regis University, Jessica feels that the relationship between a student and their educational journey is unique, and she strives to meet each student where they are, supporting them in their developmental process while fostering intellectual clarity and an awakened heart. A lover of life and a voracious reader, Jessica’s passions include her family, rescuing animals and running marathons.
MA, Education, Counseling & Guidance in Higher Education/Student Affairs, Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo
BS, Psychology, minor in Ethnic Studies, Cal Poly & Cuesta Community College
Certified Reiki Practitioner
Alexa is an educator, writer, musician, energy healing practitioner, and lifelong learner. They believe in the transformative power of radical compassion, shadow work, and rewriting one’s own narrative. Beginning their higher education in a community college setting and going on to earn an MA in Education for Counseling & Guidance, the heart of their work is to foster an environment for students that is accessible, co-created, and without cognitive limitations. Alexa is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner and roots her energy work in many different spiritual traditions and intuitive modalities. Based on her own healing journey, Alexa is a passionate advocate for trauma work, somatics, and understanding the nervous system. Alexa has an interest in shamanism and is an ongoing student of community grief rituals based on the work of Francis Weller, with origins in the teachings Sobonfu Somé brought to the West from Burkina Faso.
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.