The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison 2017 meeting will be held in the Washington D.C. area.  Details to come soon.



For Saturday, 11/4, all breakouts listed in the program for room JAAC 4100 (Janet Ayers Center) will be held in JAAC 4110.

Important Contact Information

In case of pressing needs or emergencies while attending NCHEP 2016, please see the numbers below:

Andy Watts cell:                                     615-964-8600

Julie Doochin cell:                                 615-400-7811

Belmont Security non-emergency:       615-460-6617 

Belmont Security emergency:               615-460-6911

Metro Police Non-Emergency:            615-862-8600

Metro Police Emergency:                     911

Tennessee Higher Education Initiative Dinner, Friday, 11/4 6:-7:30 p.m.

Invitations have been sent to registrants by email and because seating is limited participation will be determined on a first to respond basis.  Those not included in this dinner will receive vouchers for dinner on campus, or may dine on their own expense at any number of local restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk.

Prison Experience, Friday, 11/4 from 11-4 p.m., 1-6 p.m.

Students at Turney Center Industrial Complex medium security prison will present to two groups of conference goers numbering 25 persons  each.  The first group will depart Belmont University at 11 a.m. by bus with a box lunch and return by 4 p.m.  The second group will depart Belmont at 1 p.m. with a box lunch and return by 6 p.m.

Topical Dinners, Saturday 11/5, 6-9 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to sign up at the registration table at Belmont for a topical dinner hosted by a program leader or participant, paid for by the conference, at a local restaurant.  Each dinner will be limited to 10-12 conference attendees, with 12 dinners planned according to need.


The Planning Committee is pleased to announce the plenary speakers for the 2016 NCHEP conference.  

lewenDr. Jody Lewen: Jody Lewen started volunteering with the San Quentin College Program in 1999. She is the founder and executive director of the Prison University Project and is the extension site director of Patten University at San Quentin. She received an M.A. in philosophy and comparative literature from Freie Universität, Berlin and a Ph.D. in rhetoric from UC Berkeley. Jody has published and presented extensively in the fields of psychoanalysis, literary theory, and criminal justice. She was the 2006 recipient of the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from UC Berkeley, and a recipient of the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.

Lewen Plenary Presentation 1st part

Lewen Plenary Presentation 2nd part

atkinsonMr. Daryl Atkinson: Daryl Atkinson is the Department of Justice’s first-ever Second Chance Fellow.  Daryl served 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to a first-time non-violent drug crime — and when he was released, he faced a series of collateral consequences. But through all of these obstacles and challenges, Daryl persevered — earning a bachelor’s degree and then a law degree, and ultimately rising to become a Senior Staff Attorney at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice where he focuses on criminal justice reform issues, particularly removing the legal barriers triggered by contact with the criminal justice system.  Last year, Daryl was recognized by the White House as a “Reentry and Employment Champion of Change.”  And now, Daryl will works with the DOJ on the Reentry Council, as an advisor to the BJA Second Chance programs, and as a conduit to engage the broader justice-involved population so that DOJ and the Administration are hearing from all stakeholders as we move forward in strengthening our nation and empowering our communities.

davisDr. Lois Davis: Lois M. Davis is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Davis’s recent policy research has focused on the intersection of public safety and public health. She currently is leading a National Institute of Justice study on the effect of prison closures and the fiscal challenges state correctional systems face. She also is leading the evaluation of a three-state demonstration project called “Pathways from Prison to Post-Secondary Education” and a multi-year evaluation of welfare reform in California. Davis recently completed a national study funded under the Second Chance Act to evaluate the effectiveness of correctional education for incarcerated adults and juveniles. Her work with respect to prisoner reentry includes an ongoing study to estimate Medicaid eligibility of newly released prisoners under the Affordable Care Act and a recently completed multi-year study on the public health implications of prisoner reentry in California. Past research includes a commissioned study to examine disparities faced by African-American and Latino boys and men in outcomes in such areas as economic, health, education, and public safety. Davis received her Ph.D. in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Davis Plenary Presentation 1st part

Davis Plenary Presentation 2nd part

Dr. Kaia Stern
is an educator, speaker, and consultant with 22 years of experience working across multiple domains. Drawing on a background in ethics, dialogue, and community building, she helps people value each other and work together. Her capacity to innovate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders forges unlikely alliances that change people’s lives.
In 2008, Kaia cofounded the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University. Her recent book, Voices from American Prisons: Faith, Education and Healing (Routledge, 2014), and her longstanding professional work have helped transform both culture and policy around justice and education.
She has advised the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School, the Open Society Institute (a George Soros Foundation), and the US Department of Justice. This past spring she was invited to participate in a White House roundtable on criminal justice reform.
Ordained as an interfaith minister, Kaia holds a master’s of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in religion from Emory University. She is currently Visiting Faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Stern Plenary Presentation 1st part

Stern Plenary Presentation 2nd part

Stern Plenary Presentation 3rd part


Plenary Presentation 4th part