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Since it first began in 1989, the Faculty Diversity Internship Program (FDIP) has provided learning opportunities for diverse faculty interns and students alike.

The program aims to recruit qualified faculty who mirror the racial and ethnic diversity of Los Rios' service area. It is our interest to provide members of racially minoritized groups with models of their own race, ethnic, and cultural background with whom they can identify and recognize as examples of occupational achievement.

Program Structure

Faculty interns complete 48 hours of training over eight Saturdays during the fall semester. Interns must complete the fall training prior to starting the spring internship.

Fall training topics include an overview of the California Community College system and its students and faculty, preparing for a class, assessing student learning, effective and inclusive classroom strategies, equity and implicit bias, and culturally relevant/responsive pedagogy.

During the spring semester, interns complete a 16-week (or equivalent) hands-on internship in the classroom with a faculty mentor.


FDIP is a one-year commitment, spanning the fall and spring semesters. Dates for the current 2021-2022 cohort include the following:

  • Orientation: June 19, 2021, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Fall 2021 Saturday Training Sessions: September 18 and 25, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm; October 9, 16, and 23, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm; November 6, 13, and 20, 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • FDIP Mentor-Intern Mixer: December 2, 2021, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Spring Class Internship: January 15, 2022 to May 18, 2022
  • FDIP Graduation: May 13, 5:00 to 7:00 pm


Applicants for FDIP must:

  1. Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students
  2. Meet the minimum qualifications for the subject area discipline set forth by the Academic Senate of California Community Colleges by the end of spring 2022
  3. Have no prior paid higher education teaching experience
  4. Meet one of the following educational/vocational requirements:
    • Have a Master's degree
    • Be a graduate student nearing completion of a Master's degree
    • Have a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of full-time occupational experience in a vocational/technical area
    • Have an Associate's degree and a minimum of six years of full-time occupational experience in a vocational/technical area

There are additional requirements to be eligible to teach at Los Rios. Learn more at


We will accept applications for the 2022-2023 academic year from December 3, 2021 through March 21, 2022.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To which course will I be assigned?

Courses must be in the discipline for which you meet minimum qualifications. Equivalency is determined by a faculty committee. For more information, see Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators Handbook (PDF).

How is a match made?

FDIP campus facilitators make every effort to match you in the fall with a faculty mentor in your chosen discipline at your campus of preference and within your schedule of availability. To prepare, research the college catalogs and the upcoming spring class schedules and identify several courses you would like to teach which match your availability timeframe.

While most working interns ask for “evenings and Saturdays,” which are often staffed with adjunct faculty, the more flexible you can be during the day, the easier it will be to find a seasoned mentor for you before the start of the spring term.

Can I be matched with a mentor before the fall trainings?

Spring class schedules are not finalized and posted online until October of the fall semester. Campus facilitators will attempt to match you with a seasoned faculty member rather than a new one. Also, they will want to assign you to a course that is not likely to be cancelled. Though faculty may know their schedules earlier, waiting for the published schedules reduces uncertainty and changes later.

What if I have to miss a fall Saturday session?

For unavoidable or unforeseen circumstances, one Saturday training session can be missed as long as you contact us and make up what you missed.

How much time should I spend with my mentor?

Your mentor has a genuine desire to be a part of this program, but they also lead busy lives. You will both need to be clear up front on your expectations and availability to commit to the mentoring relationship. Establish early on how to reach each other: by phone, email, and location of face-to-face meet-ups.

How can I ensure a positive mentoring relationship?

If you are new to a mentoring relationship, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Be there. Show up for meetings and strive to make things work.
  • Be a colleague. Respect each other as professional colleagues in the workplace.
  • Lead by example. Be a positive role model to each other and your students.
  • Be ready to help out. Model ways to solve problems and offer possibilities and support.

What if my match doesn't seem to go well?

We stand by to assist if you are struggling with a problem and will guide you in seeking a remedy. Speak to someone in the program right away, so we can help.

What if I decide to leave the program?

Please first have a conversation with us. We may be able to work with you.

What do I need to know as current Los Rios classified staff?

Discuss your interest with your supervisor ahead of time. Find a spring class for your internship that meets outside of your work schedule. If that is not possible, discuss the following options with your supervisor to make sure your absence does not adversely affect your department:

  • Flex your schedule on the same day the class meets (travel time included). To avoid overtime scenarios, you cannot flex time on non-class days when you have already worked 8 hours.
  • Use available vacation time.
  • Use both flex and vacation time.