Student Affairs

Julie Carballo

Assistant Dean of Students for First Generation and Military Affiliated Initiatives


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Julie Carballo is the founding director of Cardinal First, North Central's program for the almost 40% of NC students who are first-generation college students (defined as neither parent having a four-year degree).

She also spearheads programming for military-affiliated students (student veterans and ROTC cadets) and provides leadership for transfer student engagement initiatives.  One-third of all NC sophomores, juniors and seniors found their home here as transfer students.

Julie's passion is being an advocate and an ally for students along their journey to a college degree. 

She currently serves as Past-Chair of  NASPA's Center for First-generation Student Success Advocacy Group and facilitates mentoring for other institutions committed to advancing outcomes for, and improving experience of, first-generation students at their institution.

Originally from Davenport, Iowa, she earned her undergraduate degree from Loras College with majors in education and special education; Julie began her career teaching and coaching at the high school level.  She went on to earn graduate degrees in School Administration and Transitional Programming for Adolescents with Disabilities.

Prior to her current role, Julie was a faculty member in the Department of Education for 17 years where she designed and taught all courses related to teaching students with disabilities and she spearheaded the implementation of the special education minor (LBS endorsement) at North Central.

  • Teaching Children with Special Learning Needs in the General Education Classroom (EDN330)
  • Characteristics of Students with High Incidence Disabilities (EDN430)
  • Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities (EDN432)
  • Psychological Diagnosis & Assessment (EDN434)
  • Teaching Methods for Students with Disabilities (EDN436).