FYLC: Boyz n Girlz in the Hood

An Economic History of Portland Neighborhoods

FLYC 2013 Luke and Jenna
Faculty members: Dr. Luke Goble & Jenna Thompson

Linked Courses:

Fall—EN 95-LC1, College Composition
Spring—EN 101-LC1

How can we work to create neighborhoods that are diverse, affordable, and sustainable in the long-term? How do neighborhoods affect Portlanders?

In this First-Year Learning Community, students will…

  • Recognize what you have to offer through your own experiences
  • Spend time walking through and observing several neighborhoods of Portland to learn about what makes them “work” as well as what makes them pleasurable or difficult to live in
  • Learn about justice and equality issues related to neighborhoods and think about how to address them
  • Ask questions about the justice or injustice of structures, like housing and the distribution of connected resources
  • Learn to think critically about where will you choose to live in the future and why. What are the implications of that choice on the community of others around you?

Community Partners:

  • Living Cully
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement

Meet this FYLC’s leaders:

WPC FYLC Boyz and Girlz in the hood leadersDr. Luke Goble: Teaching in an FYLC has taught me about the uniqueness of each and every student’s story. It provides a connection between who college students are today and what our community and world needs.

Prof. Jenna Thompson: Teaching in an FYLC has taught me that we learn best in settings where we feel a sense of safety and belonging.

Robin: I’m excited to be a Peer Mentor because I get the honor of being a part of the lives of my mentees. Each one is unique and awesome and I get to be a small part of their lives and college experience.

Brycen: I’m looking forward to being a Peer Mentor because I love the one-on-one dynamic in any friendship and will be looking forward to knowing my mentees on a personal level. I’m excited to be a Peer Mentor because I get to help others through the process of balancing life in college as well as outside of college.

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