A group of formerly incarcerated and system impacted graduate students have organized a lineup of formerly incarcerated scholars, activists and healers to convene for a day of dialogue, learning, and solution building on the topic of the impact of mass incarceration and higher education. We intend to offer this colloquium as a space for interested students to engage and learn more from experts in the topic. As formerly incarcerated and system impacted folks ourselves, we recognize that those that should be guiding these dialogues- true experts- are those that have experienced the long reach of incarceration in its various forms. We see the urgent need for this critical convening on campus and hope to see formerly incarcerated students/community members, system impacted students/community members, and interested folks from the campus community in attendance. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Joy James, Professor of Africana Studies at Williams College. She is the author of several books including Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Race, and Gender in U.S. Culture and she is the editor of Imprisoned Intellectuals: America’s Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion.