Sustaining Connections: A Virtual Conference on Prison Education

DATE & TIME: April 9
Marymount Manhattan College is thrilled to announce Sustaining Connections: Community Building in Prisons Through Higher Education, a virtual conference taking place on April 9 and 10, 2021.


With a rich and diverse history of college programming in prisons throughout the state, the New York community of college stakeholders continue to find meaningful ways to protect college in prison programs and reach students. For these reasons, the Sustaining Connections conference aims to facilitate discussion, inspire collaboration, and celebrate the New York and greater prison higher-ed community, by creating space for the exploration of a variety of questions.

RSVP HERE | Saturday, April 10 Schedule

Friday, April 9 Schedule

Marymount Manhattan College Welcome Remarks from
Kerry Walk, Ph.D.
President of Marymount Manhattan College  
Cheryl Missy Wilkins,
Aiesha Elliott, Kathy Boudin, Logan McBride, Michelle Jones Daniels, and Latisha Morris
The Center for Justice, Columbia University
The Oral History Project of Bedford
Aundray Jermaine Archer and Kaylea Scott

Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
Hudson Links

Daniel McGloin

Center for Prison Education, Wesleyan University
How in-person College Education Builds Community Inside

Ivana Acocella
University of Florence

Re-orienting Yourself: Opportunities and Limitations of University Education in Prison


Andrea Borghini and Gerado Pastore
University of Pisa

Vincenzo Scalia
University of Winchester
Stephanie Gilman, Lindsey Foster, 
Jose Lopez,
Christopher Martinez, Julianne Salazar, and Kazeem Walker

CUNY Freedom Prep students, alumni and partners
CUNY Freedom Prep: Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm
Professor Kimora

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
COVID-19 and Technology

Cory Feldman

CUNY LaGuardia Community College, UFS
Digital Injustice in the Era of COVID, Technology and Teens in Jail

Lisa Jean Moore

Adjunct Professor, MMC/BHCP
Students’ Tensile Strength: Learning during Pandemic while Incarcerated

Kimberly Haven,
Stanley Andrisse,
William Freeman

Unlocking Higher Ed. Coalition Steering Committee
Higher Education: Reentry and Economic Empowerment

Catherine Cabeen, Erin Greenwell, and Duston Spear

Marymount Manhattan College, Prison Education teaching
Art Teaching - Art Exchanges



Tiffany Chapman

Wiley Educational Services
Connectivity Inside: Workshopping Ideas for Robust Online Higher Ed. For the Justice Impacted

Lisette Bamenga

Hudson Link/Taconic College Program
WebEx: The Pros & Cons of Using Video Conferencing in HEP

Lukas Carey, Dr. Andreas Aresti, Dr. Sacha Darke

What are the Barriers to the Development of Convict Criminology in Australia

Sal Corbin

Education in Prison Project
Making the Barriers Bearable: Challenging the Mindset of Returning Citizens and the Community

Tawana Anthony, Kiki Dunston, Christina Illenberg, Kristen Nixon, Allyson Rollek, Amanda Serrano, and Josyln Tyler

Hudson Link
The Path to Campus: How College Campuses Can Better Welcome Justice-Involved Individuals to Campus


Sustaining Connections Steering Committee:

Aundray Jermaine Archer, Graduate—Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison

Hannah Bacon, Ph.D., Ferraro Fellow in Prison Education and Visiting Professor of Public Philosophy, Marymount Manhattan College

Moshe Canty, Chief Executive Officer, Konchess Mind Ventures LLC

Judith Clark, Research Associate and Peer Advocate, Hour Children

Emma Cornelius, Graduate—Bedford Hills College Program

Monica Szlekovics, Program Assistant, Bedford Hills College Program

Rachel Sander, Prison Education Director, State University of New York (SUNY) System Administration

The Sustaining Connections Conference is made possible with support from:

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Kerry Walk, Ph.D., President, Marymount Manhattan College
  • Peter Naccarato, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Marymount Manhattan College
  • Aileen Baumgartner, Director, Bedford Hills College Program
  • Monica Szlekovics, Program Assistant, Bedford Hills College Program
  • Marymount Manhattan College administration and faculty of The Bedford Hills College Program