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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 instructors who mirror the racial and ethnic diversity of the Los Rios Community College District 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 up to 48 hours of training over eight weeks 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. Interns will attend an orientation in summer 2023 with up to 48 hours of training over 8 weeks in the fall 2023 semester. Training will be in-person.

Typically, an evening in-person FDIP Mentor-Intern mixer (from 5:00 to 7:00 pm) would occur towards the end of the fall semester of training.

  • Spring 2024 internship: January 14, 2024 to May 12, 2024
  • FDIP Graduation: tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2024, 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 2024 semester.
  3. Have no prior paid higher education teaching experience
  4. Meet one of the following educational/vocational requirements that fulfil the minimum qualifications for a discipline taught within the California Community Colleges:
    • Have a Master's degree or be a four year-college/university 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

To determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for a discipline taught within the California Community College, visit Minimum Qualifications for Faculty and Administrators in California Community Colleges.

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


Applications for the 2023-2024 FDIP cohort are closed. Because the 2022-2023 Cohort was paused, selected candidates for that cohort will be invited to take part in the 2023-2024 FDIP cohort.

For more information, please contact Alex Casareno at

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