Welcome to the website for the California Regional Collaborative!

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The Southern California Regional Collaborative is a regional network of 2- and 4- year institutions, working together towards improving overall outcomes in STEM higher education, and 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 in our regional colleges to better reflect the diversity of our students. These trainees will support teaching efforts, education research initiatives, and curriculum development needs in collaboration with their 2- year internship site. In addition, regional programming such as webinars, symposiums, conferences, panels, and other events supports both current faculty along with future faculty. This will be coupled with an assessment plan to understand regional needs and assess the impact of our work.

Welcome Letter and Invitation to Join the Initiative

Erin Sanders O’Leary and Jessica Gregg

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome you to this website to learn more about an exciting initiative called the California Regional Collaborative. Through the generous support of the National Science Foundation, UCLA has been involved in a 2-year long pilot in collaboration with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), which sought to lay the foundation for both a national and regionally-focused effort to improve STEM education. We are excited to share that this effort will continue through our participation in one of the first NSF INCLUDES ALLIANCE awards – Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty. 

If you are visiting this website and belong to a regional 2- or 4- year institution, we would love to connect with you to include you in our collaborative efforts. Please explore the website to learn more, and contact jessgregg@ceils.ucla.edu for further information or to get involved!


Erin Sanders O’Leary & Jessica Gregg


The SoCal Regional Collaborative is part of the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Initiative in partnership with the Association for Public Land Grant Universities and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning: