The conference kicks off November 12, 2020. Throughout the weekend, participate in engaging presentations and plenaries, join collaborative meetings that tackle some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the field, and get to know others through engaging activities and gatherings.
We seek proposals that take up this theme in aspirational, transformational, disruptive and productive ways. “Amplifying Access” expresses a call to action to center issues of accessibility and equity across the field of higher education in prison. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we especially invite presentations that address any of the many access-related challenges for the higher education in prison community that we already have or will continue to face (e.g., partnerships, transition resourcing or sustaining funding). We also see “Amplifying Access” as a challenge to the field to think in aspirational ways about our work. It is an invitation to embrace the possibilities and challenges presented to our work as it gains popular support, to operate from an abundance rather than a scarcity mindset, and to take the field in directions not yet traveled and through barriers not yet traversed. It is an invitation for growth and innovation.
The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison and the 2020 NCHEP Planning Committee is committed to protecting the health of national conference participants and as such is actively monitoring the national and State of Colorado’s response to COVID-19. At this time, we are moving forward with our planning efforts for this year’s conference. However, if large gatherings are still considered a public health risk in the fall of 2020, we will either postpone the conference or consider an alternative format that would prioritize people’s health and safety. If the conference is postponed, all accepted proposals from the earlier date would remain invited to participate at the later date.
Submission Process Timeline
Registration for the 2020 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison will open on June 15, 2020.
The conference schedule will be posted here.
Anyone is eligible to apply for financial aid, but the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison Advisory Board will prioritize participants who are formerly incarcerated and then conference presenters. Funds are limited and it has been our past experience that it is not possible to fulfill all requests. The 2020 financial aid process will open on June 15, 2020 and closes when funds are depleted or on September 1, 2020. Financial Aid Award notifications will be sent on July 15, August 15 and September 15 (as long as funds remain). Applicants will be notified of awards or declines via email.
Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St.
Denver, CO 80237
Hotel reservations in the conference block of rooms (and at the conference room rate $159/night) will be available through the conference registration portal (open June 15, 2020).
Transportation info will be posted here.
There are three important points to note if you are presenting a poster at this year's conference:
Lisa J. Akheituame, Department Chair, Alvin Community College
Lisa earned a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University, an MBA from Texas Woman's University and a bachelor’s degree from Malone University. She currently serves as Department Chair at Alvin Community College and assists with the operation of several of the degree programs serviced through a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Tahirih Anthony (Co-chair), Legislative Director, New York State Senate
Tahirih primarily works on Criminal Justice reform issues along with other issues that New York State faces. She has had the opportunity to visit both state and local correctional facilities. She is passionate about increasing higher education in prison, ending solitary confinement, re-entry, and children impacted by incarceration.
James Bullington, Coordinator, Prison College Program, Adams State University
Jim has worked around criminal justice issues for over 28 years and currently coordinates the Adams State University Prison College Program. He also evaluated the CYOPP/CYOPT programs for the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) and acted as the college liaison between the CDOC and other colleges involved in the programs.
Kathryn L. Green, Professor of History, Mississippi Valley State University
Kathryn has been working on prison issues for several decades in her capacity as an educator, pro bono legal assistant for some incarcerated citizens in the federal prison system, in historical research on convict labor, and teaching in the College to PrisonPipeline program in Mississippi.
Matthew Holman (Co-chair), University of Utah Prison Education Project
Matt is a graduate of the University of Utah and researcher with the Utah Prison Education Project. He works full-time as a digital marketer and technologist, while also actively participating in justice reform as a speaker and advocate. Formerly incarcerated, he seeks to make education available to people everywhere.
Tiffany Jones, Senior Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust
Tiffany directs the higher education policy team at The Education Trust, where she promotes legislation to improve access, affordability, and success for low-income students and students of color. She has published for public, policy, and academic audiences her recommendations on how higher education policy and practices impact college success for low-income students and students of color.
Deanna Kabler, North Carolina Field Minister Program, College at Southeastern
Deanna is the Student Success Coordinator for Prison Programs at the College at Southeastern in Wake Forest, NC. She has her MA in Professional Writing and is currently working on her EdD with a focus on higher education in prison. She also teaches Composition for Prison Programs.
Annie Le, Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles
Annie studies Cambodian youth gangs and race in a schooling context. She is involved in various prison education initiatives inside adult and juvenile correctional facilities, both nationally and internationally. Annie received her Master’s in Higher Education from NYU and Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies from UC Santa Cruz.
Aris Mangasarian, University of Southern California's Prison Education Project
Aris is an addiction counselor, certified by the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California, and a candidate for a degree in psychology from the University of Southern California. Aris earned his GED while incarcerated and can personally testify to the value of prison education and continuing education after prison.
Majid Mohammad, Prison to PhD
Majid was able to pursue higher education and ultimately earn an associate degree during his incarceration. Currently, he is working toward his master’s degree in Engineering Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. Since early 2018, he has worked with Prison to PhD., a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the transition oft hose incarcerated into higher education.
Eric Pereira, New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prison Consortium (NJ-STEP); Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Eric is an alumnus of Rutgers University, graduated through the Mountainview Program. As part of a community of formerly incarcerated individuals, improving higher education is of the utmost priority.
Maggie Shelledy, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Education Justice Project, Freedom to Learn Illinois
Maggie is an assistant professor of Writing and Language Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Her research on higher education in prison has been published in the journal Enculturation and the collection of Critical Perspectives on Teaching in Prison: Students and Instructors on Pedagogy Behind the Wall (2018).
Brittany C. Riggins, Student Success Navigator, Jackson College (Corrections Education Program)
Brittany works with college students throughout the state of Michigan to help them earn associate degrees. Her work include serving as a liaison for students between, staff, faculty, and sponsors. She also serves on committees for organizing educational events.
Dameon Stackhouse, The New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence, Rutgers University
Dameon is an alumnus of the Rutgers University, Mountainview Community (MVC) of New Brunswick. He will obtain his master’s in Social Work in May of 2020. He is a youth advocate that believes that when we change the trajectory of our kids’ lives, it changes the trajectory of the community’s life.
Rachel Zolensky, Director of Student Success and Re-Entry Services, Tennessee Higher Education in Prison Initiative (THEI)
Rachel worked to reduce barriers to employment for people with conviction histories and as a college counselor for first-generation college students, and she organized for racial justice initiatives in Nashville and the broader South before joining the THEI team. She earned her master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from the USC MarshallSchool of Business in 2015.
Information about the host city will be posted here.