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PLU President Belton, Admission’s Franco talk equity, access in higher education

Posted by: Date: March 12, 2019
Pacific Lutheran University's President Allan Belton, right, and Julian Franco, center, sit down with Nerd Farmer's Nate Bowling to discuss access and equity in higher education.

Pacific Lutheran University’s President Allan Belton, right, and Julian Franco, center, sit down with Nerd Farmer’s Nate Bowling to discuss access and equity in higher education.

By Thomas Kyle-Milward
Marketing & Communication

TACOMA, WASH. (March 11, 2019) — As part of our partnership with Tacoma podcasting powerhouse Channel 253, President Allan Belton and Assistant Director of Admission for Equity & Access Julian Franco got to sit down with Nerd Farmer Podcast host and 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year Nate Bowling.

The conversation ranged from trends in higher education to access and the equity work happening here at Pacific Lutheran University. President Belton highlighted the university’s changing student demographic, spoke about how he’s approached his interim role on campus as president and discussed the need to continue reforming at PLU — as is the Lutheran tradition.

Franco talked about his work in the Admission office when it comes to living equity work, connecting with prospective students and helping them find their best college option. He also detailed how the PLU Pledge can impact students’ career choices — allowing them to pursue their vocation without having to worry about the pressure to repay student loans.

If you’re interested in listening to more PLU podcasts, be sure to visit the university’s SoundCloud account.

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