NCHEP 12: What's Next: Higher Education in Prison and Its Future(s)

The 12th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison was hosted as a virtual event.

October 11-14, 2022 (on Zoom)

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Thank You!

We would like to send our deepest gratitude to everyone who was involved with the 12th NCHEP. From the people who joined the Community Planning Sessions to presenters and audience members, this conference would not have been as successful without you. We are especially grateful to our Welcome and Keynote speakers (Romarilyn Ralston and Dr. Ruthie Wilson Gilmore) and National Prison Debate League, Maine Department of Corrections and The Educational Justice Institute (TEJI). Congratulations to the Maine DOC Debate team who defeated the MIT Debate team in a 5-0 unanimous decision! Additionally we want to share a special thank you to an incredible teacher, Mr. Eric Reed, and his students at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. This conference was elevated by their participation.

Conference Announcements

We are thrilled to announce that the 12th NCHEP's Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore! Join us on October 11, 2022 at 5pmMT for her talk Education and the Abolition Movement: Stories from Our Struggle.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, 12th NCHEP Keynote Speaker, October 11, 2022, 5pm MT

Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore is a Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. A co-founder of many grassroots organizations including the California Prison Moratorium Project, Critical Resistance, and the Central California Environmental Justice Network, Gilmore works on racial capitalism; organized violence; organized abandonment; and abolition as a green, red, and internationalist project of liberation.

Gilmore is author of Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation (Verso 2022); and the prize-winning Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (UC Press 2007). Change Everything: Racial Capitalism and the Case for Abolition will be published by Haymarket Books in 2023. Gilmore has lectured in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Her internationalist work is featured in the Antipode Foundation documentary Geographies of Racial Capitalism with Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Kenton Card, 2020).

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timeline for the 12th NCHEP:

  • February 2022: Conference Announcement
  • April 2022: Conference Theme and Call for Submissions Announced
  • May 2022: Proposal Submissions Due 
  • June 2022: Registration Opens
  • July-August 2022: Proposal Accept/Decline Decisions Sent and Schedule Announced 
  • October 11-14, 2022: 12th NCHEP (virtual) 

Overview of the 12th NCHEP 

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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 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

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 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. 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

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)?


Is this open to the public? 


Is pre-registration required? 


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 or by requesting them via email at

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 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.)

Sponsors of the 12th NCHEP