Dr. Nika Gueci is the inaugural Executive Director for University Engagement at the Arizona State University Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. Under her direction, Center advances an environment of well-being through the promotion of skills such as mindfulness and compassion to support lifelong resilience. Creating a culture where wellness is of vital importance to the development of human potential is her daily call to action. Here, she develops curricula for mindfulness leadership workshops, retreats, and Selective classes for Mayo Clinic medical students. She was invited to develop, write and present curricula as the content expert and talent manager for a 5-part Health and Wellness: Mind and Body online series, an institutional-priority initiative for marketing and distribution across national markets. She initiated teacher training by the founders of Koru Mindfulness for Emerging Adults and guided series of cohorts through scaling efforts of subsequent courses taught at ASU and the surrounding Phoenix community.
In her previous role, Dr. Gueci served as Associate Director of the ASU Health Services Executive Team. Her duties included directing ASU’s first Collegiate Recovery Program, Recovery Rising, and scaling an innovative, outcomes-driven model to advance a university culture consistent with the ASU Charter, one that is inclusive of students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. She has served on multiple task forces and was invited to provide policy recommendations on collegiate recovery to the Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy.
Dr. Gueci holds a doctorate of education (EdD) from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College Educational Leadership and Innovation program (an internationally award-winning program through the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate). Her action research dissertation examined peer-to-peer training innovations to support students in recovery. Her master’s degree is in Communication with an emphasis on religious identity from New Mexico State University. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Russian from Columbia University in the City of New York. She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.