FYLC: Live Long and Prosper

Building Bridges to Wellness in Portland

Faculty Members: Dr. Ryan Hubbard and Prof. Joe Fitzgibbon

Peer Mentors: Carly Cogburn & Blanca Gaytan Farfan

Linked Courses:
Fall—EN 101-LC7, College Composition
Spring—EN 200-LC7, Advanced Composition

What does wellness look like in Portland?

How can we engage in and create opportunities for all Portlanders to be physically well?

In this First-Year Learning Community, students will…

  • Evaluate how your previous experience contributes to your beliefs and behavior toward physical activity and physical wellness.
  • Recognize your emotions, habits, and actions and how that impacts your physical wellness.
  • Explore the city of Portland and discover what opportunities are available to the diverse group of people that call Portland their home.
  • Learn to think critically about issues of equity and access as it relates to one’s ability to engage in activities that promote health and wellness.
  • Participate in many of the physical activities that make Portland consistently ranked as one of the healthiest cities in America.

Meet this FYLC’s leaders:


Warner Pacific College FYLCDr. Hubbard: I am excited to teach in an FYLC because I enjoy connecting with our new students to create community intentionally while exploring Portland and having fun in the process.

Prof. Fitzgibbon: I am excited to be teaching in an FYLC because it expands the teacher-student role to one of teacher-mentor-friend-student.

Blanca: I’m excited to be a Peer Mentor because I want to help freshmen students explore activities and opportunities for involvement on campus!

Carly: I am excited to be a Peer Mentor because I have a passion for assisting others, and the best way for me to do that is through Peer Mentoring.  I am looking forward to creating new friendships and growing alongside all of the mentees!