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.

To stay updated about the 11th NCHEP check in on Facebook @OfficialNCHEP and Twitter @OfficialNCHEPWe will continue to add information to this page as it becomes available.

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 

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

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.

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.


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


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.

Academic and Job Clinic

The 12th NCHEP will feature an Academic and Job Clinic during the virtual conference. We will pair "advisors" with "advisees" based on common interests and expertise for 45-minute virtual appointments. Advisees can receive help with job materials, college applications, or pedagogical practices. Advisors will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with students, faculty members, and anyone interested in workshopping a new idea or document. We encourage anyone, regardless of their academic background or institutional titles, to apply for either or both roles. We envision this clinic as an exchange of knowledge that can help anyone interested in deepening their academic, pedagogical, political, and professional work. The Alliance will provide advisors and advisees with a rubric to help facilitate and nourish individual conversations.  

The deadline to apply is September 25, 2022 at 11:59pmMT.

Advisor Application

Advisee Application


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:

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

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 (register here for NCHEP Planning Sessions)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. 

To provide anonymous feedback on the planning process, please complete the NCHEP Planning Process Survey.

Format Updates

The 12th National Conference for Higher Education in Prison will be fully virtual, shifting to an alternating virtual and in-person model for the foreseeable future (i.e., the 12th NCHEP virtual in 2022 and the 13th NCHEP in-person in 2023). While we are conscious that an in-person conference unites the community in ways that a virtual one cannot, this choice (which was made in collaboration with the Alliance’s Board) will make this event safer, more sustainable, and more accessible. We also believe that with this form of advanced notice and consistent schedule, organizations will be better able to budget and plan for in-person conference participation. We understand that some may be disappointed about the decision to only meet in-person every other year, or may wish to know more about the factors that led to this decision, so we have provided further details here.