An Economic History of Portland Neighborhoods
Faculty Members: Dr. Luke Goble & Prof. Amanda McDermott
Peer Mentors: Pavin Blas & Darbi Pink
Fall—EN 95-LC1, Writing & Grammar
Spring—EN 101-LC1, College Composition
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?
- Living Cully
- Habitat for Humanity
- City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Meet this FYLC’s leaders:
Prof. McDermott: I am excited to teach in an FYLC because it is deeply meaningful: from studying topics that impact lives, to fostering true community among students, Peer Mentors, and professors, the FYLC vision is one of beauty.
Dr. Goble: Teaching in an FYLC creates a unique opportunity to build relationships with students in ways that help them learn and grow like no other context I’ve seen or been a part of.
Pavin: I am excited to be a Peer Mentor because I want to give back to the community that has taken care of me.
Darbi: I am excited about being a Peer Mentor because I know how stressful and overwhelming your transition into college can be and I want to be that person you can look to for guidance. I also am excited about the new relationships we will all get to make and build on throughout the year.