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Student Success Coaching

Student Success Coaches are available remotely during Winter Quarter 2021

Ready to connect with a Student Success Coach? Schedule a phone or Zoom (video conferencing) appointment:

• You can schedule your remote appointment here OR
• You can email for assistance scheduling an appointment

What is Student Success Coaching?

Meet one-on-one with a Student Success Coach to improve your performance in college! Topics are customized to fit your individual needs and include the following: goal setting, time management & organization, learning strategies, study skills, test anxiety, campus resources, growth mindset & resiliency, stress management & self care, and emotional intelligence.

What WILL I gain from meeting with a Student Success Coach?

Your Student Success Coach is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals, develop as a student, and solve problems as they arise. They will support you and keep you accountable through weekly or bi-weekly discussions. As a result of coaching, you will feel more confident in your abilities and knowledgeable about the resources available to you at DU.

Should i see a Student Success coach or AN academic advisor?

See a Student Success Coach to find out more about:   See an Academic Advisor to find out more about:
  • Staying organized
  • Balancing commitments
  • Forming productive study habits
  • Using your strengths
  • Having accountability
  • Understanding your learning style
  • Knowing who to contact to connect with campus resources
  • Dropping or adding a class
  • Graduation requirements
  • Applying for graduation
  • Adding or changing your major
  • Your academic standing
  • University academic policy
  • Taking a leave of absence or withdrawing from classes

Academic coaching & Empowerment (ACE)

Student Success Coaches use a customizable Academic Coaching & Empowerment (ACE) curriculum designed to help you build the skills necessary to achieve success at DU.

Meet the COACHING team

Student Success Coaches Team

2020-2021 Coach Profiles & Bios
Rosie Levenson

Rosie Levenson

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Graduate Program: School Psychology, Ed.S.

CliftonStrengths Top 5 Themes: Input, Woo, Empathy, Learner, Communication

Favorite Quote: "You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars." – Max Ehrmann


Hi, I'm Rosie! I grew up in Connecticut and went to Brandeis University for my undergraduate degree. I triple majored and love the challenge of balancing a variety of work and subjects at one time. I recently moved to Denver to attend DU and am always curious about finding new restaurants to try out! I enjoy being a Student Success Coach because of the opportunity to work with enthusiastic and ambitious students and help them develop skills for academic and personal success. When I'm not working or studying, I can be found reading, cooking soup, working out, and once in a while sleeping! My favorite self-care strategies are reading and journaling nightly.

Kristin Knudsen

Kristin Knudsen

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Graduate Program: Master of Social Work & Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate

CliftonStrengths Top 5 Themes: Relator, Developer, Individualization, Responsibility, Discipline

Favorite Quote: "We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third." -Leslie Knope & "Look how far we've come." -The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy


I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received my BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Resources from Greenville University. My main career goal is to use animals to help people on their path of holistic well-being. As a Student Success Coach, a highlight for me is helping students discover their strengths and reach their goals. I love connecting with students and hearing about goals that are important to them. I love drinking tea and baking for friends and family, as well as organizing and preserving old family photos. I practice self-care by eating a balanced diet of healthy and comfort foods and keeping in touch with family and friends at home. Putting on a good song to dance out my stress always helps, and I try to watch something funny at least once a day.

Emily Vulcano

Emily Vulcano

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Graduate Program: School Psychology, Ed.S.

CliftonStrengths Top 5 Themes: Relator, Intellection, Input, Learner, Individualization

Favorite Quote: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle


I am a native of Upstate New York who loves skiing, plants, reading and cats. I received my Bachelor of Social Work from West Virginia University. I then worked as a Family Education Specialist and Crisis Center Counselor before deciding to switch career paths. My career goal is to be a part of large, systemic change in K-12 education by working to eliminate disparities faced by minoritized groups and destigmatize mental health. To cope with the stress that comes with being a student, I practice self-care by exercising, spending time outdoors, keeping a morning routine and eating well. My favorite part about being a Student Success Coach is watching my students grow in their confidence. It brings me so much happiness to guide them through the changes they are making and see their successes! I love to see students learn to believe in themselves and their abilities.


Brianah Carter

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Graduate Program: Higher Education, M.A. 

Clifton Strengths Top5 Themes: Futuristic, Harmony, Intellection, Motivator, Relator

Favorite quote: "Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breathe away" – Maya Angelou


Hello! Outside of coaching I try to stay fairly busy! I serve as a Graduate Resident Director in the Housing and Residential Education department. In my spare time, I enjoy playing Sims, doing yoga, and trying new recipes, especially sweet treats!



Schedule a Student Success Coaching Appointment

Student Success Coaches are available to facilitate group presentations/workshops on any of the ACE curriculum topics. Please contact us for more information.