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The Planning Committee for the 2020 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison is pleased to invite proposal submissions for the 2020 NCHEP hosted in Denver, Colorado (November 12 -15, 2020).

We invite and encourage a wide range of proposals from all community members, including but not limited to: activists, academic advisors, artists, college/university administrators, faculty, staff and students, community organizers, people who are currently and formerly incarcerated, department of corrections and prison administrators, higher education in prison practitioners and staff and reentry service providers. For 2020, we especially encourage proposals that highlight training and workshops, the value of collaboration and partnerships and creative forms of expression.

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.

Before submitting a proposal, please review the following resources: 

  1. Call for Proposals
  2. Presentation Format and Track Descriptions
  3. NCHEP Proposal Best Practices
  4. NCHEP Submission FAQ
  5. Submission Review Rubric

2020 NCHEP Submission Timeline

  • Call for Proposals Announced: April 6, 2020
  • Submission Deadline: May 15, 2020
  • Currently Incarcerated Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Submission Review Process: May 15 - May 29, 2020 (July 1 - July 15: Currently incarcerated submitters)
  • Accept/Decline Announcements Sent: June 15, 2020 (July 15: Currently incarcerated submitters)

Ready to Submit? 

Once you have reviewed the Call for Proposals and other important submission guidelines, please download one of the two Submission Templates, below. One template ("2020 NCHEP Submission Template") is to be used by people who have access to the Internet and can make a submission on their own behalf; the other template ("Submission with a Delegate") should be used by people who are making a submission on behalf of someone who does not have access to the Internet (e.g., currently incarcerated submitter).

When you are ready to submit your proposal follow the link below ("Submit a Proposal to the 2020 NCHEP") and create an account in the submission portal. From there, you will be able to submit your proposal. All 2020 NCHEP Presentation Proposals must include a Submission Template. Please address questions about the submission process to: