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Community Conversations

One of the primary roles that the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison serves is as a network and resource hub for the field. As an organization, we provide space for the higher education in prison community to convene and collaborate, share resources and information, enhance programming, and raise awareness of the many inequities codified by the “justice” system.

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Community Conversations are open to anyone. Recent topics have included: crisis communication planning, fundraising, the role of a higher education in prison program, abolition and higher education in prison, a series of wellness sessions, issues related to reentry and student services, the expanding use of technology in the classroom, and a series of open forums to foster dialogue on topics that are at the forefront for higher education in prison programs.

To propose a Community Conversation topic, please complete this survey: Community Conversation Idea or Proposal.

Community Conversation topics, dates and times are shared in the Alliance's Newsletter (Newsletter Sign-up), on social media (@AllianceforHEP)and on the Alliance's Community Events Calendar.
Note: In an effort to all participants to speak as freely as possible, Community Conversations are not recorded, but notes are taken and are archived below.

Read Notes from Past Community Conversations

2020 Community Conversation Notes

August 20, 2020: Technology and Higher Education in Prison: A Discussion with Current Students

July 27, 2020: Abolition and Higher Education in Prison 

July 15, 2020: What is the Role of a Higher Education in Prison Program?

June 10, 2020: Lessons from Formerly Incarcerated Students During COVID-19

June 4, 2020: Second Chance Pell Networking Session**

May 29, 2020: Weekly Wellness Session on the topic of Burnout* Note: Resource Link 

May 27, 2020: Second Chance Pell Networking Session**

May 19, 2020: What is the Role of a Higher Education in Prison Program? 

May 15, 2020: Weekly Wellness Session on the topic of Self-Compassion*

May 8, 2020: Weekly Wellness Session on the topic of Patience*

May 5, 2020: Documenting the Effects of COVID-19 on the Higher Education in Prison Community

May 1, 2020: Traumas and Triggers: Navigating Emotions While Sheltering in Place*

April 29, 2020: A Discussion About Ways to Build a Statewide Network

April 22, 2020: Responding to Changing Modalities of Education and Communication: How are Higher Education in Prison Programs Making Decisions 

April 16, 2020: Doing Advocacy During the COVID-19 Crisis: A Conversation with the Justice Collaborative 

April 14, 2020: How are Statewide Networks Responding to COVID-19

April 9, 2020: Organizational Planning During the COVID-19 Crisis 

April 8, 2020: Adapting Programming & Pedagogy in a Crisis

April 3, 2020: Practical tools for practitioners and teachers: Supporting yourself and incarcerated students during the coronavirus pandemic

April 1, 2020: Communicating with Empathy in Times of Crisis

March 26, 2020: Informal Panel Discussion on Fundraising in Times of Crisis

March 25, 2020: Tools for Cultivating Resilience in Ourselves and Supporting Others in Response to Coronavirus

March 20, 2020: General Community Call: Open Discussion on Responses to COVID-19

March 18, 2020: General Community Call: Open Discussion on Responses to COVID-19

March 17, 2020: General Community Call: Open Discussion on Responses to COVID-19