FYLC: Bicycles, Equity, and Race

Urban Mobility in PDX

Faculty members: Prof. Laura Adams & Dr. Sean Benesh

Peer Mentors: Glenn Linder & Sharyce Matayoshi

Linked Courses:
Fall – EN 101-LC2, College Composition
Spring – EN 200-LC2, Advanced Composition

How can bicycles break down racial and social barriers in Portland? How do we get more non-hipsters onto bikes?

In this First-Year Learning Community, students will…

  • Learn how bikes are not only symbols of racial and class division, but are also the key to affordable transportation.
  • Jump into projects to make biking more accessible and fun for communities of color.
  • Gain confidence in biking in Portland yourself!

Meet this FYLC’s leaders:

Dr. Benesh: I am excited to be teaching in an FYLC because I love introducing to students the idea that access to affordable transportation is an important right for city dwellers.

Prof. Adams: Living in a diverse and bustling city like Portland gives us a great opportunity to discover and build new partnerships and communities and the chance to pursue new approaches to old problems.

Sharyce: I am excited to be a Peer Mentor because it allows me to build meaningful, intimate, and intentional relationships with others, especially the incoming first-year students. I am hoping to step into the stories of their lives, and play a role in their development of who they are and their growth into becoming college students. I am excited to help ease their transition from high school to college, and to support and encourage them throughout the beginning of their journey here at Warner Pacific College.

Glenn: I am excited to be a Peer Mentor because I want to help students find their voice.