The following 3-minute video provides a highlight of our ongoing work in the Southern California region as part of the NSF funded CIRTL INCLUDES pilot initiative. 

UCLA is participating in one of thirty-seven pilot projects funded by NSF for the Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) initiative. NSF INCLUDES is a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering discovery and innovation by proactively seeking and effectively developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent from all sectors and groups in our society. By facilitating partnerships, communication and cooperation, NSF aims to build on and scale up what works in broadening participation programs to reach underserved populations nationwide.

Our project (Award # 1649092 ) is led by the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) and our primary goal is to work within our region to explore a collaborative impact model across our regional 2-year community colleges and 4-year institutions to better prepare future faculty for careers in community colleges, where we know many students from underrepresented groups have their first STEM experiences. 

Additionally, similar work is happening in two other regional collaboratives in Iowa and Texas. This will allow our national team to examine what potential models, interventions, programs, and resources might be best developed at a national level as well as the types of regional differences and unique needs that need to be accounted for when considering next steps.

Along with the regional collaboratives, the project includes several national organizations that provided consultation and expertise on various components for improving STEM education.

UCLA Project Leaders:

  • Erin Sanders, CEILS Director, is Co-PI and lead for UCLA.
  • Jess Gregg, CEILS Associate Director for Educational Development, is project manager, coordinating logistics and supporting relationship building with our partners.
  • Marc Levis-Fitzgerald, Director of the Center for Educational Assessment with UCLA’s Office of Instructional Development is leading the assessment component as well as supporting relationship building with our partners.

Interested in learning more about CIRTL@UCLA? Please view our program pages at the following link: