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My name is Julius Rodriguez and I work for the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at North.

My lived experience and expertise include migration, undocumented status, LGBTQIA+, ethnic minority, disability, first generation college, low-income/poverty, and complex identities.

I help with all the steps to get into and start college and navigate your first quarters.

You can ask me about:

  • support for your identities
  • college application
  • how to pay for classes & books
  • how to sign up for classes
  • why and how to choose an area of study
  • connect with other students
  • resources on campus
  • help with confusing messages or information
  • Canvas, Starfish, your college email account

I try to take care of as many steps as possible instead of referring you to the next person.

BIPOC and QTPOC students: you belong and I welcome you to campus!

Julius Rodriguez (they/them)
Pathways Navigator of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
North Seattle College | Duwamish, Suquamish, Tulalip & Muckleshoot lands and waters

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Julius Rodriguez




Welcome to TRiO!

We can't wait to meet you. 

Please apply here.

Email if you have any questions.

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) provides comprehensive academic support and encouragement to eligible students. Students who join TRiO maintain higher GPAs, are more likely to be involved on campus, and graduate and transfer at higher rates. 


To be TRiO-eligible, you must be:

  1. A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  2. Admitted and enrolled, or eligible to be enrolled, at North Seattle College in the current or next quarter
  3. In need of academic support

You must also meet ONE or more of the following criteria:

  • None of your legal guardians/parents earned a Bachelor’s degree
  • Meet low-income qualifications based on Federal Income Guidelines
  • Have a disability

North Seattle College's TRiO-SSS program is designed to increase academic success for first generation, low income, and/or students with disabilities.

TRiO is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $261,888 per year for a period of five years, September 2020 – August 2025.

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