January 29, 2021

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Fall 2021 Events Coming Soon!

Check back here for more information about upcoming programs, events, and ways to get involved!

Academic Coaching

Students working with the Student Disability Center may request academic coaching services when available. Academic coaching is a learning partnership between a student and their coach that serves to deepen their learning, improve their self-awareness, and advance effectiveness of their personal and academic outcomes. Coaches remain curious, non-judgmental guides through the student’s academic career, holding a mirror to a student’s actions and dreams at critical junctures of their journey.

Unfortunately, our academic coaching spots have filled for Fall 2021. We encourage you to reach out to your advisor/academic success coordinator for other support options.

Meet Our Coaches

Fall 2021

Katerina Burko

Head Academic Coach
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Katerina Burko with Occupational Therapy sign

Katerina grew up in northern California where she got her undergraduate degree in psychology at UC Davis. She then worked in the “Special Education” sector of the Peace Corps in North Macedonia, where she worked at a day center for adults learning daily living and vocational skills.

While in the Peace Corps, she also served as a camp counselor for camp GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) where young women who are North Macedonian, Albanian, and other nationalities built friendships with each other through classes about citizenship, mental health, environmental conservation, leadership, and team-building.

After her service in the Peace Corps, she worked as a Applied Behavior Therapist in school districts and home settings working with youth who have autism. After getting married in Pasadena, she moved to Denver and was admitted to CSU for her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy (go Rams!). As a graduate student, she now spends what little free time she has by taking walks, spending time with family, and reading books. She also enjoys making homemade cards, working with clay, and dancing to Zumba videos. After graduation, Katerina would like to become a certified hand therapist (CHT).

Summer 2021

Kalif PresidentKalif President

Head Academic Coach
Pronouns: he/him/his

Kalif is a 4th year student here at CSU who is majoring in HDFS with a concentration in Prevention & Intervention Sciences. He is originally from Aurora, Colorado. Graduating this spring, Kalif hopes to follow his passion for helping others in need. Outside of school and coaching, he spends his time listening to music, writing poetry, being a photographer, going on sunset walks, and hanging out with loved ones.

Ashley Herrera

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am studying Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Prevention and Intervention Sciences. I am extremely excited to be interning with the Student Disability Center as an Academic Coach. I have worked with children, teenagers, adults with intellectual disabilities and older adults as a C.N.A. I hope to continue developing new skills and I am look forward to this semester as an advisor and being able to work with other CSU students! I have lived in Colorado my whole life and can’t imagine living anywhere else. One of my favorite places to go to in the summer is Hanging Lake (see picture)! I am a homebody who loves watching crime shows while spending time with my fiancé, bearded dragon (Bruce), cat (Moo Moo) and 10 month old puppy (Mishka).

David RobertsDavid Roberts

Academic Coach
Pronouns: he/him/his

David is a Colorado native that is currently in his senior year at CSU. He is pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Prevention and Intervention Sciences. David’s goal is to earn his Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and become a mental health professional. When he is not spending time with his family, he enjoys watching movies, playing guitar, and being physically active. Lifting weights and fitness are his second greatest passion in life next to helping others.

Walter TulisWalter Tulis

Academic Coach
Pronouns: he/him/his

Walter is currently a Senior studying Cultural Anthropology. Walter grew up outside of Boulder, Colorado, and subsequently found himself enthralled with nature and social interactions within his community. With this passion, Walter wants to pursue a career in land law management. Walter himself has overcome many obstacles surrounding his academic career and his disability, dyslexia. However, with determination, Walter has found himself a space in the Academic community. This journey has led Walter to help other students succeed and overcome their barriers in the academic sphere.

ASCSU Senators

Your SDC ASCSU Senators represent the interests and advocate for the needs of the disabled student population through this position appointed by the SDC. Senators vote and bring resolutions and bills, sometimes with funding, that impact students across the CSU community. Contact your Senators to provide feedback and input on the student experience!

Ariadne Athey

ASCSU Senator
Vice Chair, Internal Affairs Committee
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Do you want to become an ASCSU Senator or Associate Senator? Contact brittany.otter@colostate.edu to find out more!

Recent Legislation:

Committee for Disabled Student Accessibility (CDSA)

Colorado State is committed to physical and digital accessibility, and to live up to this commitment, has instated a student fee to ensure all accessibility projects are adequately funded. The Committee for Disabled Student Accessibility (CDSA) offers the opportunity for students to make a change on campus by determining how these student fees will be used to enhance the accessibility of campus.  For more information, or to get involved, contact the SDC Director.

President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Committee (PMSAC)

In an effort to keep student voices and needs in the minds of leadership, the President’s Multicultural Student Advisory Committee (PMSAC) convenes with representatives from all Student Diversity Programs and Services (SDPS) offices and various areas on campus. The Student Disability Center also provides 1-2 representatives on this committee to represent the needs and voices of disabled students at CSU. For more information or involvement, contact the SDC Director.

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society

Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society is a student organization that honors mentally and physically disabled college students who have achieved academic accomplishments and advocate for their disabled community. Visit the CSU DAPi Ramlink page to apply to the organization and keep updated on events and goings-on. Contact csu.dapi@gmail.com with any questions.

Membership Requirements:

Undergraduate Student

  • Self-identify as having a disability and be registered with the SDC
  • Have completed 24 credit hours
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.1 or higher

Graduate Students

  • Self-identify as having a disability and be registered with the SDC
  • Have completed 18 credit hours
  • Have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher

American Sign Language Club

ASL Club is a group of students/faculty who love sign language and deaf culture! Through fun events and activities, we hope to educate the community about this great language and the people who use it. No sign language experience is required!

American Sign Language is a vibrant, complex visual language used by millions of people around the country. ASL Club hosts fun social meetings every week! Check out our Facebook page for the latest updates about or meetings and events. Join the organization on Ramlink.

Contact Information


1200 Center Ave
Clark Building C Room 110
Fort Collins, CO 80523
United States
Contact EmailE: csuamericansignclub@gmail.com
Phone NumberP: 720-940-7181