Institute for Regenerative Futures

Institute for Regenerative Futures

The Institute for Regenerative Futures is an intergenerational community-based collective of Black and other Indigenous co-conspiratorial educators, elders, healing practitioners, memory workers (researchers) and beloved community. Our collective emerged through timely intersections of community engagement, education, and research that highlight the psychological, emotional, and physiological impacts of anti-blackness and colonization.

We are connected in our efforts to counter the forces that destabilize our self-determination and we are rooted in educational pathways towards futures that are in the right relation with our ancestral and cultural ways of being and knowing. We seek to regenerate futures through memory, research, grounded practice and service.

IRF Initiatives

Community Responsive Collective (CRC)

Burning Sage

CRC is committed to grounded practice and service; we build and connect with elders, young people, grassroots collectives and autonomous community spaces (“Network of supports”) in an effort to support and sustain community-centered praxis (care work).

Black Futures Lab (BFL)

Garden Aerial View

As a means to seed and tend to our protection, BFL supports ongoing research and memory that disrupts the policies and practices compromising Black futures. 

The Unschooling Caucus (TUC)

Empty Desks

TUC works  with dreamers who understand the limitations of schooling. With this foundational tenet, TUC advances the movement for school abolition and enlivens educational pathways that support youth to embrace their sacred purpose and self-determined futures.

IRF Research Leads

Tiffani Marie

Tiffani Marie

Johnny Ramirez

Johnny Ramirez

Christine Vega

Christine Vega

Kenjus Watson

Kenjus Watson

End of the Year Celebration

IRF End of Year Celebration

In partnership with the SJSU Ethnic Studies Residency Program and Overfelt High School, The Institute for Regnerative Futures cordially invites you to our inaugural End of the Year Celebration! Join us as on Wednesday, April 27th from 6-9 pm as we offer cutting-edge research presentations, the introduction of our new research fellows and the first Bay Area screening of The Children Could Fly documentary.

Register Here

Contact Us

If you have any additional questions, please email tiffani.marie@sjsu.edu.