Sustaining Connections: A Virtual Conference on Prison Education

DATE & TIME: April 10
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 | April 9 Schedule

Saturday, April 10 Schedule


Deborah Arthur, Lanelle Rowe, Emma Ogden, Angela Millard, P. Harrison, Sarah Martin, Tanuia Davis, Kiesha Johnson, and Carolyn Exum

Portland State University/Coffee Creek C.F.
Coffee talk: Connections and Community through Higher Education


Martha Eddy, Hannah Bacon, Catherine Cabeen, and Drew Leder

Ferraro Fellows for Social Justice, Marymount Manhattan College
Embodied Approaches to Teaching and Healing

Rachel Sanders Structured Networking by SC Conference Steering Committee
Lunch: 12:00-1:00 pm
Michelle Ronda, Ragnhild Utheim, Emma Cornelius, Makeda Davis, Julia Ohara, and Michael Bianco

BMCC, SUNY, Marymount Manhattan College, and Purchase College
Building Community in Prison Combined Classes

Danny Murillo Underground Scholars Initiative
The Possibility Report: From Prison to College Degrees in California
Robert Tynes Bard Prison Initiative
Leading with Pedagogy
Klarisse Torriente SUNY System Administration
“With the Broadest Possible Access”: College In and After Incarceration as a SUNY Student
Dr. Geraldine Downey, Nicole E. Delgadillo, Dario Pena, and Carlos Ivan Calaff The Center for Justice at Columbia
Shifting Perceptions: Lessons from Collaborative educational spaces and the Inside Criminal Justice Program
Alexandra Ehrreich and Eldredge Blalock HudsonLink
Development: Who’s Doing it and How?


Mia Ruyter Justice in Education Initiative, Columbia University
Tearing Down the Walls, Opening Doors: Teaching an Art History College Course in Jail During Covid
  REACH Coalition
Judith Clark

The Liberatory Power of Participatory Education

Andre Jenkins

Fear of Reentry, Reality of the Challenge


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