Franchesca Spann

Our office helps new students engage with support offices, learn about resources for academic success, make meaningful connections with faculty, and unlock skills that will help them when they graduate.

Franchesca Spann



Degree and Class Year

BA ’20


First-Year Experience Coordinator

Department or Office

First-Year Experience

What three words would you use to describe Lewis & Clark?

Unique, Engaged, Busy

What is the First-Year Experience?

The First-Year Experience is anything related to a new student’s first year here at L&C! From creating their L&C account over the summer, to participating in New Student Orientation, to regular check-ins with their New Student Peer Mentor, anything that a new student (first year and transfer) encounters when they being college at L&C is part of that experience.

How does the First-Year Experience help students?

The First-Year Experience helps students in their transition to L&C by facilitating programming such as New Student Orientation and the New Student Peer Mentor program. As we work on expanding the FYE office, new students will see even more opportunities for engaging with offices and departments on campus, learning about resources for academic success, making meaningful connections with faculty, and learning skills and resources that will help students when they graduate.

What is your favorite aspect of your position at L&C?

Connecting with student leaders and watching them grow during their time at L&C. I see students who enter as quiet and shy first years grow into their sense of self and step into leadership roles they never thought they would. It is a special thing to see!

What do you enjoy most about Lewis & Clark students?

I love how the interests and hobbies of our students truly span all categories. From arts, to music, to drag shows or sports, L&C students are never afraid to partake in the interests and hobbies that make them happy and make our campus feel more like home.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?

In recent years, the college has added many picnic tables between the Manor House and Fowler Student Center. I love seeing students eat, study, or relax on those picnic tables while enjoying the large trees and beautiful campus views!

What’s your favorite thing about living in Portland?

The food! Portland is a food city and being able to explore different cuisines has been one of my favorite parts.

What’s one of your best L&C memories?

My overseas program to Siena, Italy, was a highlight for me. I met some of my closest friends, learned a new language, and pushed myself to try new things. It was a life-changing experience.

Share something you think students would be surprised to learn about you.

Students are often surprised to learn about my hobbies outside of work! In my free time, you can find me at a local ceramic studio throwing pots with my friends. I love making art—it makes me feel inspired and connected to others.