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 meet your needs and may include goal setting, time management, organization, study skills, and stress management.

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

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In-person & virtual appointments are available.

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For questions, please email ACE@du.edu.

Student Success Coach or Academic Advisor?

Student Success Coach

  • Staying organized
  • Balancing commitments
  • Forming productive study habits
  • Using your strengths
  • Having accountability
  • Understanding your learning style
  • Connecting with campus resources

Academic Advisor

  • 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 ACE curriculum as well as additional resources designed to help you succeed at DU.

 

Meet the Coaching Team, 2021-2022

 

Profiles and 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 Ehrman

    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 Fischer

    Kaia

    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 Schumacher

    madi

    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 Perez

     

    karla

    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 Vega

    beau

    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 Espinoza

    jorge

    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.

  • Mackenzie Hopkins
    Mackenzie Hopkins

    Student Success Coach

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Graduate Program: Social Work, MSW

    Clifton Strengths Top5 Themes: Woo, Futuristic, Input, Restorative, Communication

    Favorite Quote: “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” - Dolly Parton

    Biography

    Although there are many nicknames that come with my first name, I prefer to be called Mack if not Mackenzie, which is also fine. I am currently a first-year graduate student in the Social Work program. I am originally from New England (Massachusetts, to be exact), and I talk about it a lot. I also talk a lot about the importance of self-care and discovering new tactics of it.