MMC’s Crossing Borders Conference Coming Up April 26

March 01, 2019
  • BHCP student discusses her project
Since 2006, the Crossing Borders Conference has been a key component of the Bedford Hills College Program (BHCP)—MMC’s college-prep and degree program for women incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, NYS’s only maximum-security facility. During the conference, MMC students—from outside the facility and in—join professors and alumni in presenting their creative and scholarly work on a wide variety of subjects. This year’s conference will be held on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Through the BHCP, Marymount Manhattan College offers degrees in Sociology and in Politics & Human Rights. A hallmark of MMC’s approach to prison education is mutual learning and dialogue between and among incarcerated students and main campus students, with the two-fold purpose of enriching all students’ educational experiences through the free exchange of ideas and enhanced perspective-taking, and paving the way for more fluid re-entry of incarcerated students to society. MMC calls this model ‘BRIDGE,’ for Building Relationships for Inclusion, Diversity, Globalism, and Equity.

The Crossing Borders Conference is one of the largest BHCP events of the year, attracting about 200 attendees, and presenting a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas between the Manhattan and Bedford Hills campuses of Marymount Manhattan College. Its importance to BHCP students cannot be overstated—it serves as a crucial reminder that they are an integral part of an important and respected learning community. MMC and BHCP students and faculty from any major or academic discipline are invited to submit scholarly and/or creative work in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

This year’s conference will be held at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility on Friday, April 26, 2019 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Attendance and participation are open to all members of the MMC community including students, staff, and faculty. For questions or more information on attending, please contact Erin O’Connor, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Politics and Human Rights, at