NCHEP 12: What's Next: Higher Education in Prison and Its Future(s)

The 12th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison was hosted as a virtual event.

October 11-14, 2022 (on Zoom)

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Thank You!

We would like to send our deepest gratitude to everyone who was involved with the 12th NCHEP. From the people who joined the Community Planning Sessions to presenters and audience members, this conference would not have been as successful without you. We are especially grateful to our Welcome and Keynote speakers (Romarilyn Ralston and Dr. Ruthie Wilson Gilmore) and National Prison Debate League, Maine Department of Corrections and The Educational Justice Institute (TEJI). Congratulations to the Maine DOC Debate team who defeated the MIT Debate team in a 5-0 unanimous decision! Additionally we want to share a special thank you to an incredible teacher, Mr. Eric Reed, and his students at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. This conference was elevated by their participation.

Conference Announcements

We are thrilled to announce that the 12th NCHEP's Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore! Join us on October 11, 2022 at 5pmMT for her talk Education and the Abolition Movement: Stories from Our Struggle.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, 12th NCHEP Keynote Speaker, October 11, 2022, 5pm MT

Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore is a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. A co-founder of many grassroots organizations including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network, Gilmore works on racial capitalism; organized violence; organized abandonment; and abolition as a green, red, and internationalist project of liberation.

Gilmore is author of Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation (Verso 2022); and the prize-winning Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (UC Press 2007). Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition will be published by Haymarket Books in 2023. Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her internationalist work is featured in the Antipode Foundation documentary Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Kenton Card, 2020).

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timeline for the 12th NCHEP:

  • February 2022: Conference Announcement
  • April 2022: Conference Theme and Call for Submissions Announced
  • May 2022: Proposal Submissions Due 
  • June 2022: Registration Opens
  • July-August 2022: Proposal Accept/Decline Decisions Sent and Schedule Announced 
  • October 11-14, 2022: 12th NCHEP (virtual) 

Overview of the 12th NCHEP 


Academic and Job Clinic

The 12th NCHEP will feature an Academic and Job Clinic during the virtual conference. We will pair "advisors" with "advisees" based on common interests and expertise for 45-minute virtual appointments. Advisees can receive help with job materials, college applications, or pedagogical practices. Advisors will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with students, faculty members, and anyone interested in workshopping a new idea or document. We encourage anyone, regardless of their academic background or institutional titles, to apply for either or both roles. We envision this clinic as an exchange of knowledge that can help anyone interested in deepening their academic, pedagogical, political, and professional work. The Alliance will provide advisors and advisees with a rubric to help facilitate and nourish individual conversations.  

The deadline to apply is September 25, 2022 at 11:59pmMT.

Advisor Application

Advisee Application


Find answers to your questions about the 12th NCHEP on the 2022 NCHEP FAQ Page and general information about the National Conference on Higher Education in Prison on the 12th NCHEP FAQ Page.

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

Call for Submissions

The NCHEP Planning Team is pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the 12th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison, which will be held virtually on October 11-14, 2022.  After compiling the 2021 NCHEP Exit Report and inviting feedback and ideas from the community through a survey, the theme that will frame the 12th NCHEP is: What's Next? Higher Education in Prison and Its Future(s).

We conceive of the 2022 NCHEP as a space for collective reflection, dialogue, and action – one that will ideally not shy away from the conversations and concerted efforts necessary to build a better future for currently and formerly incarcerated students and their access to higher education. We invite submissions for Open Conversations; Panel Discussions; and Individual Papers. The Submission Portal closed on May 23, 2022.

Read the Full Call for Submissions

Planning Process

The Planning Process will be similar to the 11th NCHEP. In an effort to offer opportunities for more community members to participate, we will solicit suggestions, ideas, and feedback through multiple open discussions and surveys on topics such as the conference theme, keynote speakers, special events, etc. The NCHEP Planning Team will host Community Planning Sessions twice a month, and each session will be open to anybody willing to help plan the 12th NCHEP. You can attend one session or all (register here for NCHEP Planning Sessions)If you have incarcerated students who are able to Zoom in and need tech support to get the virtual call set up, please email with “Planning Session for Incarcerated Students” in the subject line. 

To provide anonymous feedback on the planning process, please complete the NCHEP Planning Process Survey.

Format Updates

The 12th National Conference for Higher Education in Prison will be fully virtual, shifting to an alternating virtual and in-person model for the foreseeable future (i.e., the 12th NCHEP virtual in 2022 and the 13th NCHEP in-person in 2023). While we are conscious that an in-person conference unites the community in ways that a virtual one cannot, this choice (which was made in collaboration with the Alliance’s Board) will make this event safer, more sustainable, and more accessible. We also believe that with this form of advanced notice and consistent schedule, organizations will be better able to budget and plan for in-person conference participation. We understand that some may be disappointed about the decision to only meet in-person every other year, or may wish to know more about the factors that led to this decision, so we have provided further details here.

Sponsors of the 12th NCHEP