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. 

To stay updated about A Virtual NCHEP, check in with us here or on Facebook @OfficialNCHEP and Twitter @OfficialNCHEP

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) 


COVID-19 Requirements and Altitude Recommendations

The 11th NCHEP will be an in-person event: while we look forward to returning to this conference format and excited to be together, we want to acknowledge the exceptional circumstances that will surround our gathering in November and prioritize the safety of all attendees. As the current COVID-19 variant continues to persist  throughout the country, we do understand that NCHEP attendees will have questions and concerns about travel and indoor group meetings and that not all community members will be able to travel. 

We are committed to providing updated and relevant information to address the concerns of attendees as well as our efforts to follow facility, state, city and federal guidance regarding the health and safety of participants. This page will remain a hub of information and will be updated frequently.

It is important to remember that the city of Denver is situated at a high altitude: the 5280 elevation can cause a variety of symptoms (such as light-headedness, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and/or nausea) that could be easily mitigated with a series of precautions. The most effective measures to avoid altitude sickness and to adjust to this environment are: 

  1. Drinking plenty of water to adjust to Colorado’s dry air;
  2. Eating foods high in potassium to replenish electrolytes; 
  3. Hydrating your skin to restore the lack of moisture caused by the arid air and high winds; 
  4. Dressing in layers to be prepared for the weather’s variability.  ‍

Review the full set of NCHEP COVID-19 requirements and Precautions.

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! If you have incarcerated students who are able to Zoom in and need tech support to get the virtual call set up, please email nchep@higheredinprison.org with “Planning Session for Incarcerated Students” in the subject line. 

Register to Attend NCHEP Planning Sessions

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

Conference Registration

Registration for the 12th NCHEP is now open.

The Whova App will continue to be a part of the 12th NCHEP. Those who register for the conference will be sent the information to download and access the app. The app is also accessible from both smartphones and computers. Please email nchep@higheredinprison.org with “Whova App” in the subject line if you have any questions.

Register for the 12th NCHEP.

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.

Each year, 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 are 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 cover the cost of travel, accommodations, registration and other reimbursable expenses. Financial aid will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted.

The 2021 Financial Aid Application Process opened in July 2021 and award notification will continue through October 2021. The Financial Aid Application process closed on September 20, 2021.

Please direct all questions to: nchep@higheredinprison.org.     

Learn more about The nchep Financial aid program

Hotel Information

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

(303) 779-1100

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).

Book Your Accommodations

Transportation Options

The 11th NCHEP will be an in-person event hosted in Denver, CO. The Denver International Airport (DIA) will be the main transportation hub for most NCEHP Attendees. For a full overview of information to aid attendees in navigating the airport and transportation between DIA and the conference hotel (Marriott Denver Tech Center: 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver, CO 80237) visit the NCHEP Transportation Overview webpage.


FAQ: Submission and General NCHEP

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: