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Student Success Coaching

Fall Quarter 2021: Student Success Coaching is available for undergraduate students in-person and by Zoom!

Ready to connect with a Student Success Coach?

Please Note: Coaching services are available for UNDERGRADUATE students. Graduate students are welcome to use the resources posted below.

What is Student Success Coaching?

Meet one-on-one with a Student Success Coach to improve your college experience! Your coach will support you, challenge you, and hold you accountable through individualized coaching sessions. Topics are customized to fit your needs and include the following: goal setting, time management & organization, learning styles & strategies, study skills, test anxiety, major/minor exploration, connecting with campus resources, community building, growth mindset & resiliency, stress management & self care, and emotional intelligence. 

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

Student Success Coaching will help you develop the skills and tools necessary to have a positive college experience. You will feel more confident in your abilities and more knowledgeable about the resources available to you at DU. Your coach will help you identify and achieve your goals through one-on-one support.

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
  • Connecting 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 and Empowerment (ACE) 

Student Success Coaches use a customizable Academic Coaching & Empowerment (ACE) curriculum as well as additional resources designed to help you succeed at DU.

Meet the COACHING team

2021-2022 Coach Profiles & Bios
Rosie Levenson

Rosie Levenson

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Graduate Program: School Psychology, PhD

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

Biography

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.

Kaia

Kaia Fischer

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Graduate Program: Counseling Psychology, MA

CliftonStrengths Top 5 Themes: Empathy, Intellection, Restorative, Responsibility, Deliberative

Favorite Quote: "Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring" - Marilyn Monroe

Biography

Hi, I'm Kaia. I grew up in Pennsylvania and have lived in Bucks County, New York, and Philadelphia before moving to Denver in the Summer of 2021. I received my undergraduate degree from Temple University and am now studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling and pursuing a master's at the University of Denver. Specifically, I am passionate about helping people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds receive mental health services, removing associated stigma, and making services available to all. In addition to my schooling, I work with children on the spectrum. As a behavioral therapist specializing in play therapy, I respect each child's individuality and work towards personalized goals. In my free time, I love spending time in nature and cooking something new and exciting for my friends and family.

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

Biography

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.

madi

Madi Schumacher

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Graduate Program: Social Work, MSW

Clifton Strengths Top5 Themes: Harmony, Empathy, Developer, Relator, Consistency

Favorite quote: "“The beginning is perhaps more difficult than anything else, but keep heart, it will turn out all right.” - Vincent Van Gogh and “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh)

Biography

I earned my B.A. in Integrated Educational Studies from Chapman University. I am originally from Pasadena, California. I have a puppy named Milo, who I am training to be a therapy dog. I also love to read, bake and do Zumba in my spare time.

karla

Karla Perez

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Graduate Program: Forensic Psychology, MA

Clifton Strengths Top5 Themes: Learner, Achiever, Harmony, Input, Responsibility

Favorite Quote: "Courage is nothing more than taking one more step than you think you can." - Holly Lisle 

Biography

I was born in New York City but consider Tampa Bay my hometown! I attended the University of South Florida for my undergraduate degree where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor studies in Criminology. During my time as an undergraduate student, I also had the opportunity of being involved in a similar role where I met with students and helped them set/maintain healthy goals! I'm excited to be a coach and help other students set themselves up for success in a process where we can both learn great things from each other! I love going to new theme parks, concerts, and taking road trips whenever possible! I try to fit at least one self-care activity daily including taking a walk, deep breathing exercises, and connecting with my loved ones.

beau

Beau Vega

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: (He/Him/His)

Graduate Program: International Security, MA

Clifton Strengths Top5 Themes: Restorative, Futuristic, Communication, Includer, Responsibility

Biography

I am from New England, born and raised in Connecticut. A lover of all things coffee, tv, and dogs. I received my Bachelor of Political Science from Southern Connecticut State University. It was at a small consulting firm in Ghana where I realized my interest in security consulting and defense contracting. At the Josef Korbel School, I’m pursuing my M.A. in International Security and a Certificate in Homeland Security. Hopefully, this will allow me to identify the intersection of economic development and the private security industry. I love being a coach because I get to have conversations with many different types of people!

jorge

Jorge Espinoza

Student Success Coach

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Graduate Program: Higher Education, MA

Clifton Strengths Top5 Themes: Input, Connectedness, Strategic, Ideation, Intellection

Favorite Quote: “The practice of love is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination.” - Bell Hooks

Biography

I’m a first generation graduate student studying Higher Education. I started my undergraduate experience at Colorado State University as an undeclared student, but quickly discovered a love for Journalism and Ethnic Studies. With these disciplines, I developed a passion for helping others engage in self-exploration, self-growth through storytelling, and community building. As a Student Success Coach, I hope to help students pursue their academic goals while also supporting their personal journey toward authenticity.