2020 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison

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2020 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison

The 2020 NCHEP previously scheduled for November 2020 in Denver, Colorado will now be held virtually from March 1-5, 2021.

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The 2020 NCHEP previously scheduled for November 2020 in Denver, Colorado will now be held virtually from March 1-5, 2021.

The Alliance is committed to providing a space where people can discuss relevant issues, share resources, and support one another during this difficult time. Yet, given the health risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty around the safety of traveling and gathering in large groups, we concluded that we have no choice but to postpone the event until a date when it is safe to gather in large groups. As time passed and the pandemic has not subsided, the Alliance team (with input from the community) has decided to host “A Virtual NCHEP” under the theme “Amplifying Access” (the original 2020 theme). This virtual presentation will take place between March 1 - 5, 2021. All submitters to the 2020 NCHEP have been invited to present. 

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We will continue to add information to this page as it becomes available.

timeline for the 2020 conference:

  • April, 2020: Conference Theme and Call for Proposals Announced
  • May, 2020: Proposals for Presentations Due
  • June, 2020: Proposals for Presentations Due (submitters who are currently incarcerated)
  • June, 2020: 10th Annual NCHEP is Postponed
  • August, 2020: Notification of Acceptances/Rejections of Proposals
  • March, 2020: A Virtual NCHEP

Overview of 2020 NCHEP: In Person (Cancelled) 

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Presentation Proposals

We invite students and former students of higher education in prison programs who are currently incarcerated to contribute to our conference by submitting a presentation proposal. This is your chance to share your experiences, insights, and ideas with a wider audience. Each live presentation will be 30 minutes long, followed by a 30-minute Q&A session with the audience.

Ready to submit your proposal? Click the button below to access our online portal.

If you are unable to submit via the online portal, you can still share your ideas with us. Simply download the PDF by clicking the button below, fill it out, and email it to isc@higheredinprison.org.

Can someone read my paper for me if I don’t have access to Zoom/internet?

Yes. Please have your proxy reach out to us at isc@higheredinprison.org to discuss making this arrangement.

Creative Submissions

Calling all artists and creatives! The Incarcerated Scholars Conference will feature art from currently incarcerated people. We encourage all forms of submissions including audio, video, performance, poetry, and more. Creative submissions will not be presented by the artist at the conference, but can be pre-recorded (if applicable) or will be displayed/presented/read by conference staff. All submissions should be under 5 minutes in duration. Written submissions should be brief enough to be read aloud in less than 5 minutes.

Ready to submit your creative work? Click the button below to access our online portal.

If you are unable to submit via the online portal, you can still share your art with us. Simply download the PDF by clicking the button below, fill it out, and email it to isc@higheredinprison.org.

What if presenters can only present at a specific time?

Please indicate all times when you are available when you submit your proposal.

What if the presenter’s facility says there can be no cross-communication?

The only communication option available during presentations will be the webinar Q&A function, which will be moderated by Alliance staff (no open chat).

Can a proxy/presenter call into the Zoom (audio only)?

Yes.

Is this open to the public? 

Yes.

Is pre-registration required? 

Yes.

What is the media release for? 

You should sign the media release if you would like:

  • your submission to be used for promotional purposes;
  • your presentation to be recorded and/or shared publicly; or
  • access to a recording of your session.

Do you have a hard copy of the media release? 

Yes, you can download the media release, call for submissions, and proposal forms at www.higheredinprison.org/isc or by requesting them via email at isc@higheredinprison.org.

Is it better for group presentation participants to be on individual or combined Zooms? 

Whichever is best for the presenters!

Are there just four panels per day? How many presenters each day?

There are four sessions of scholarly presentations and one creative presentation session each day.

Each scholarly session can accommodate one live presentation (individual or group) that includes 30 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A with attendees. The creative session will feature multiple presentations of artworks (poetry, painting, drawings, dancing, singing, music, etc.).

Creative submissions will not be presented by the artist at the conference, but can be submitted as recordings (if applicable) or displayed/presented/read by conference staff.