2021 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison


With the conclusion of the 11th NCHEP in-person events in Denver, CO and the Virtual Sessions the following week, the 11th NCHEP Planning Team wants to extend its deepest gratitude to all the presenters, in person and virtually: your scholarship has enriched our community immensely. We also would like to express thanks to all of the attendees who showed up day after day with enthusiasm and ready to learn and contribute your own ideas.

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COVID-19 Requirements

The 11th NCHEP will be hosted as an in-person event at the Denver Marriott Tech Center (Denver, CO). We will not ask for vaccination proof although we strongly recommend that only people who are fully vaccinated travel to the conference. Instead, we will rely on each other’s sense of community and responsibility, and ask all attendees to always wear a mask during NCHEP (except when eating or drinking). In addition to working in tandem with the hotel to support safe and physical distancing during sessions, the Alliance will provide masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes at the Registration Desk, Wellness Room and in all breakout rooms throughout the duration of the11th NCHEP (free of charge to all attendees). 

For more information and updates regarding the ways we will prioritize the safety of the conference attendees, please visit the COVID-19 Requirements and Precautions section of the NCHEP website.

Virtual Participation Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that the 11th NCHEP Keynote Address and all Plenary Sessions will be live-streamed on the NCHEP Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialNCHEP/). If you are not able to attend the in-person gathering, you can still view the many special events planned throughout the conference in real time! 

Additionally, a Virtual Event that will take place on Zoom during the week following the conference (November 17-19). This virtual set of sessions will offer the entire community an opportunity to continue the conversations initiated in Denver while accommodating those who cannot travel during the pandemic. All sessions are free and open to the public.

View the Virtual Event Schedule and Register to Attend Sessions.

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timeline for the 11th NCHEP:

  • April 2021: Conference Announcement
  • June 2021: Conference Theme and Proposal Submission Process
  • July/August 2021: Proposals Due and Registration and Financial Aid Open
  • September 2021: Notification of Proposal Accept/Decline
  • November 11-14, 2021: 11th NCHEP in Denver, CO
  • November 17-19: Virtual Events (Zoom)

Overview of the 11th NCHEP 

Invitation for Proposals

The Invitation for Proposals is live!

This year's conference will feature a full day of presentations by currently incarcerated scholars, followed by two days of meetings, presentations, and activities. Find out how you can get involved today by visiting our proposals page.


Dates and Deadlines

June 15 - Proposal Deadline

July 15 - Notification of Accept or Decline


Q. Can currently incarcerated folks submit a proposal and present at this year's NCHEP?

A. Absolutely. The first day of the conference, Thursday, November 9 will be dedicated to presentations by incarcerated folks. 

‍Submissions from scholars who are currently incarcerated can be sent a few different ways: 

  1. Directly or by a proxy through the the submission portal; or
  2. Filling out a hard copy of the Proposal Form that is submitted by email to nchep@higheredinprison.org with the subject “NCHEP Submission” or through regular mail: 

                        Alliance for Higher Education in Prison

                         Attn: NCHEP Submission

                         1801 N. Broadway, Room 417

                         Denver, CO 80202 

‍If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at nchep@higheredinprison.org or via the mailing address above.

Q. Can you tell me more about registration to the 13th NCHEP?

A. Registration opens August 1 and closes September 30. There is no registration fee for currently incarcerated individuals. For all other participants, the registration fee is $350.  To lessen the burden for those in need, the Alliance can provide some financial assistance. We aim to support as many attendees possible and will prioritize the applications of formerly incarcerated people. Applications for financial aid will open July 1 and close July 31. We anticipate that financial aid decisions will be made by August 15.

Q. When should I arrive in Atlanta?

A. The conference will begin on the morning of Thursday, November 9 and end in the afternoon of Saturday November 11.  Therefore, we advise that you plan to arrive on Wednesday and leave Saturday evening or later.

Q. Where will the 13th NCHEP be held?

A. The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. In the coming months we will be posting information about conference rates for rooms at the Hyatt.

NCHEP Zoom Access Survey for Currently Incarcerated Individuals

The theme of the 13th National Conference on Higher Education in Prisons is "Close the Distance." As such, the Alliance seeks to make NCHEP as inclusive and interactive as possible for the those who are currently incarcerated. This survey collects information about currently incarcerated students' access to Zoom in an effort to plan this year's NCHEP in way that promotes both.


The schedule will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.