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.

Apply to Become an IRF Fellow

If you are interested in any of the initiatives mentioned above and seek to engage in community-based, participatory action research, apply to be a fellow with the Institute for Regenerative Futures by Friday, February 18, 2022.

IRF Fellow Responsibilities

  • Monthly research meetings
  • 4 IRF community events per year
  • Grounded research alongside IRF Research Leads

Fellows will receive mentorship to engage in cutting-edge grounded research and a stipend for their participation. We ask that IRF Fellows engage in a minimum 1-year research commitment.

Apply to Become an IRF Fellow

IRF Research Leads

Tiffani Marie

Tiffani Marie

Johnny Ramirez

Johnny Ramirez

Christine Vega

Christine Vega

Kenjus Watson

Kenjus Watson

Contact Us

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