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What Do LEP Weekly Student Meetings Look Like?

There is not a singular concrete answer to that question. LEP student meetings almost never look the same. They change from week to week based on student needs, the time within the quarter, the time within the year, and whether a student is just starting out or preparing for a specific task that happens later in their experience at DU (Study Abroad application, internship interview, graduate school application, graduation, etc.). However, there are some basic structures, foundational pieces, and similarities that are part of a student's experience and the work the student does with his/her Academic Counselor.

• The Academic Counselor supports, listens, asks questions, and when needed, provides suggestions and resources.
• A main focus is on flexibility. A counselor gauges where a student is, meets them there, works together with the student to determine what the best plan is to move forward, and then they work together to set the plan in motion.
• Our preference (and goal) is for the student to accurately assess a situation and their needs. The student then works with the LEP Academic Counselor to problem-solve, decide on the best course of action, and develop self-advocacy skills in the process.
• A main focus is on flexibility. There are times when students can't move forward due to various factors that arise. Academic Counselors become trusted and consistent resources to help students navigate around roadblocks and help them get back to where they need to be in order to be present and effective learners.

What LEP Counselors May Be Working On With StudentS:

• Organization and Time Management: Completing 10 week calendars each quarter; reviewing schedules and work plans; planning for projects, tests and deadlines; breaking bigger assignments into smaller, more manageable pieces.
• Creating Schedules: Accurately estimating time for tasks (i.e. studying, eating, sleeping, working out, laundry, time with friends, connecting with family, travel time etc.); intentionally creating realistic schedules; learning how to adjust plans based on needs and circumstances.
• Study Skills: Creating systems and environments for effective studying; using learning styles and strengths to determine the best ways to approach study time; learning and practicing active reading skills; using library data bases and other resources to conduct research.
• Emails: Reviewing emails; replying as needed; keeping emails organized; communicating appropriately with instructors; practicing professional communication skills and tone; communicating and sharing information with family members.
• Course Management: Reviewing Canvas for course syllabi and grades; reviewing syllabi for course requirements; reviewing for clarity and completeness; compiling lists of questions for instructors.
• Overall Well-Being: Working with students to find the work/life balance that is right for them; assist them as they create strategies to ensure that medications are taken and refilled as needed.

Check out the Anatomy of a Typical Weekly LEP Meeting and LEP Meetings: 10 Weeks At-A-Glance.


The Academic Counselor and student relationship can be a wonderful and deep relationship. Students are navigating a developmental phase in which many life and identity questions are explored. It is important to remember that Academic Counselors are not Mental Health Counselors. We will strongly encourage students to seek professional help outside of LEP to support mental health issues. Because we want the best for students and because that is not our area of expertise, we want students to use the appropriate resources. The Academic Counselor can listen and let the student know that they support and care about them, and provide the student with contact information for other University resources such as the University Chaplain; the Health and Counseling Center (HCC); the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE); the Title IX Office; or the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, among others, depending on the nature of the issue.