2021 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison

Join us for the 11th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (NCHEP) in Denver Colorado: November 11-14, 2021

The Registration and Financial Aid portal is now open: this year, the community is presented with a sliding scale structure through which the NCHEP Planning Team wishes to acknowledge the attendees’ different access to resources. 

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Call for Submissions

The 2021 NCHEP Planning Team is pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the 11th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison and the theme that will frame the conference: What is To Be Done?  

Posed more than a century ago this burning question has since inspired generations of revolutionaries to interrogate the intersections of theory and practice, to reflect upon their own positionalities in the face of power and oppression, and to seek the most effective strategies to collectively organize and build resistance.  In light of this vision, which speaks to a renewed commitment to make NCHEP a space of knowledge exchange and an occasion to enliven political conversations in the field, a few changes have been made to the submission formats. In order to question traditional conceptions of conference structures, the 11th NCHEP will host presentations that privilege collaboration, mutual support, and participation by inviting submissions for Open Conversations; Roundtables; Workshops; and Meetings.

VIEW THE FULL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS AND SUBMIT

Call for Reviewers

The 2021 NCHEP Planning Team is pleased to extend an invitation to review conference presentation submissions to the entire higher education in prison community. In line with the efforts of making the annual conference a collective and generative experience, we seek scholars, activists, and stakeholders in the field with a wide range of specializations, experiences, and expertise who are interested in offering feedback on proposals submitted to the 11th NCHEP.

VIEW THE FULL CALL FOR REVIEWERS AND VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW SUBMISSIONS

Planning & Updates

The Alliance’s intention for conference planning this year is to continue evolving in the way it engages the community, and in the ways the community can engage the Alliance and the broader field of higher education in prison in return. We will solicit your suggestions, ideas, and feedback through multiple open discussions on topics such as the conference theme, keynote speakers, special events, etc. These virtual conference planning sessions are open to all community members and will take place twice a month (from June to October), on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in order to accommodate different schedules. Registration for all virtual planning sessions can be found on our Community Calendar. Additionally, a mechanism of written participation and commentary during the different planning phases is available to the full community, and is linked here.

To stay updated about the 11th NCHEP check in on Facebook @OfficialNCHEP and Twitter @OfficialNCHEPWe will continue to add information to this page as it becomes available.

timeline for the 11th NCHEP:

  • April 2021: Conference Announcement
  • June 2021: Conference Theme and Proposal Submission Process
  • July/August 2021: Proposals Due and Registration and Financial Aid Open
  • August/September 2021: Notification of Proposal Accept/Decline
  • October 2021: Schedule of Events
  • November 11-14, 2021: 11th NCHEP in Denver, CO

Overview of the 11th NCHEP 

COVID-19 Precautions and Guidelines

The current COVID-19 Guidelines in Denver will allow for us to host the 11th NCHEP in person. We know that this is always subject to change, and we are actively monitoring the evolving situation: we will adjust our plans as necessary to ensure the health and well-being of the conference attendees, and we will promptly communicate updates and changes as soon as they are available. Please feel free to view the City and County of Denver website for more information.

We will continue to use this section of the NCHEP website to convey important information and guidelines.

Planning process

For years, community-generated feedback on the national conference has helped draw attention to some concerns with the overall quality of the conference. While the NCHEP remains popular and grows year-to-year, it has also become reliant on some approaches that have outlived, perhaps, their utility. In an effort to dispel the idea, for example, that a conference should feature a largely unquestioned structure through which presenters showcase their findings and achievements, the Alliance team decided to try some additional approaches, and is proposing some radical changes involving many aspect of the 11th NCHEP planning process. The variations we are implementing this year stem not only from our recognition of the field's diversity, but also from the profound material inequalities that shape the lives of the workers and students within the field. We are eager to base our mutual efforts in a praxis of knowledge exchange and to enliven some necessary political conversations. Through interactive formats, a career and academic clinic, and a rich variety of special events, educators will get a chance to learn from formerly and currently incarcerated students, activists, and rising scholars (and vice versa). We hope that the 11th National Conference will feature a generative cross-pollination of resources and expertises, distributed through an equity lens. 

In an effort to offer opportunities for more community members to participate in the planning process, we will solicit community suggestions, ideas, and feedback through multiple open discussions and surveys on topics such as the conference theme, keynote speakers, special events, etc. 

To join in the conversation, visit our Community Calendar for the dates of our Public Planning Sessions.
To give anonymous feedback through a survey, please complete the 11th NCHEP Planning Questionnaire.

Submit a Proposal

The 2021 NCHEP Planning Team is pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the 11th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison, which will be held in person in Denver, CO (November 11-14). After compiling the 2021 Virtual NCHEP Exit Report and inviting feedback and ideas from anyone who was interested through a standing survey and public Planning Sessions (which will continue through October),  the theme that will frame the 11th NCHEP is: What is To Be Done?

In light of this vision, which speaks to a renewed commitment to make NCHEP a space of knowledge exchange and an occasion to enliven political conversations in the field, a few changes have been made to the  submission formats. In order to question traditional conceptions of conference structures, the 11th NCHEP will host presentations that privilege collaboration, mutual support, and participation by inviting submissions for Open Conversations; Roundtables; Workshops; and Meetings


For all the 11th NCHEP formats, the submission portal will open on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:00pm ET. The deadline for submissions is Friday, August 6, 2021 at midnight ET (extended from the original date: July 26) and Monday, August 16, at midnight ET for those who are currently incarcerated. Notifications of acceptance or decline will be sent in August and September, respectively.

READ THE FULL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS And submit a proposal

Conference Registration

The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison is pleased to announce that the 11th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (NCHEP) registration portal is now open. The online portal will remain open until November 10, 2021. However, we request that you complete the registration process by October 15, 2021 in order to assist the planning team in its efforts. 

This year, in addition to the Financial Aid Program, the community is presented with a sliding scale structure through which NCHEP wishes to acknowledge the attendees' different access to resources. The registration fee contributes to the overall costs associated with the conference and pays for all your meals (dinner on Thursday night; breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and coffee breaks on Friday and Saturday; breakfast on Sunday). The registration portal will also include information on booking your stay at the conference hotel (the Marriott Denver Tech Center) at a discounted rate.  

We look forward to seeing you in Denver!


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Financial Aid (and Eligibility)

The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison is committed to supporting equal access to the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (NCHEP) regardless of socioeconomic status. We are pleased to offer an opportunity to apply for one-time financial aid packages to support attendance to the 11th NCHEP.

Financial Aid packages are available for anyone without institutional support to attend the 11th NCHEP. People who are formerly incarcerated will be prioritized for Financial aid. Financial aid awards will be determined by the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison Advisory Board and Team. To learn more about the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison and its Advisory Board and Team, here. Financial aid awards will cover the cost of travel, accommodations, registration and other reimbursable expenses. Award notification will begin on August 20, 2021. Financial aid will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. Please direct all questions to: nchep@higheredinprison.org.     

Learn more about eligibility and APPLy for financial aid

Conference Schedule

The conference schedule will be posted here.

Hotel Information

Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St.
Denver, CO 80237

(303) 779-1100

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dentc-denver-marriott-tech-center/

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 July 2021).

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Transportation Options

Transportation information will be posted here.

FAQ: Submission and General NCHEP

Find answers to questions about the Submission process and general information about the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison on the NCHEP FAQ Page.

Additionally, here are a few more ways to ask questions, offer feedback and/or receive information: