From 2018 – 2023 the SoCal Regional Collaborative was formed as one component of the Eddie Bernice Johnson NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance, a network of institutions and organizations developing inclusive and diverse STEM faculty across the nation.  This project has now concluded, but this site remains as an archive for information about this project. Much of the work over this time period will now be sustained through UCLA’s CIRTL programming, to continue to support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in pursuing careers in teaching within the SoCal region. We are grateful for the many relationships developed through this work across the region and look forward to future collaborations with our community college partners and the LACCD District Office. Questions about this project can be directed to Jess Gregg at 

This video presentations provides a summary of our work in the Southern California Regional Collaborative:

Welcome to the Southern California Regional Collaborative!

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome you to learn more about the Southern California Regional Collaborative! We are a regional network of 2- and 4- year institutions, working together towards improving overall outcomes in STEM higher education, in particular for students and faculty from underrepresented groups.

We work with graduate students and other potential “future faculty” from groups that are underrepresented in academia to address the need to increase diversity and better reflect the diversity of our students in regional colleges. These trainees will support teaching efforts, education research initiatives, and curriculum development needs in collaboration with their 2- year internship site. In addition, trainees participate in regional programming such as webinars, symposiums, conferences, panels, and other events to support both current faculty along with future faculty. This is coupled with an assessment plan to understand regional needs and assess the impact of our work.

If you are visiting this website and belong to a regional 2- or 4- year institution, we would love to connect and collaborate. Please explore the website to learn more, and contact for further information or to get involved!

ASPIRE Internship

In conjunction with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and the National Science Foundation funded INCLUDES Aspire Alliance, the California Regional Collaborative offers the ASPIRE2Teach internship for future community college leaders and faculty.

The Aspire internship offers graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in teaching or administrative positions the opportunity to learn more about faculty life and governance within LACCD. 

To explore the Aspire internship and other regional internships available click the learn more button below. 


This program trains and prepares graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in teaching at a community college for part-time and full-time faculty positions. Interns engage in a series of institutes on inclusive teaching, professional learning opportunities, and classroom training under the guidance of a mentor in their specific discipline.