Welcome to the Southern California Regional Collaborative!

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.

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Aspire Internships

In conjunction with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) the National Science Foundation funded INCLUDES Aspire Alliance the California Regional Collaborative offer two internship pathways for future community college leaders and faculty. Aspire internships offer graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in teaching or administrative positions the opportunity to learn more about faculty life and governance within the Los Angeles community college district.

Aspire Interns SMC campus visit with Community College Lead Jamey Anderson


The Aspire2Teach program trains and prepares graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in teaching at a community college for part-time and full-time faculty positions. The program offers a series of institutes on inclusive teaching, professional learning opportunities, and classroom training under the guidance of a mentor in their specific discipline.


Aspire2Lead fellows are given opportunities to learn more about leadership within the Los Angeles Community College District.  Fellows engage in intentional networking and professional learning opportunities, assessment projects, and policy research. Additionally, fellows will assist in sharing statewide resources and creating professional learning opportunities for the Aspire2Teach interns.

Visit our Aspire Interns page to learn more about our programs and current fellows!

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:

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