Whittier’s Digital Liberal Arts Program (DigLibArts) is an initiative to enhance the liberal arts at Whittier College by empowering faculty and students to make full and better use of the digital technologies that are reshaping pedagogical approaches and transforming research throughout the liberal arts.
We endeavor to foster an environment for what William Pannapacker and Rafael Alvarado have termed the “digital liberal arts.” We believe that digital tools and methods are naturally complementary to the liberal arts curriculum, which, by nature, encourages interdisciplinarity, collaboration, experimentation, and community.
As a Hispanic serving institution involved in our local community, DigLibArts at Whittier College is committed to putting digital tools and methods to use to benefit the College’s diverse student body as well as the wider campus and community.
Additionally, we embrace a broad understanding of the “digital” to go beyond popular techno-deterministic usage, and to encourage a range of activities and practices that reflect the diversity of the digital, from fingers to pixel. This includes production, or “making,” that weaves in understandings from the situated knowledge of social justice efforts informed by feminist, queer, postcolonial, critical, race and ethnic studies.
Ultimately DigLibArts has defined its major goals for the coming years as the following:
- To continue to develop an interactive and collaborative campus community.
- To enhance the ability of faculty innovators and first adopters to extend their work further and make new innovations by connecting them together and showcasing their achievements.
- To provide avenues for more faculty and students to create new or join existing public and digital scholarship projects.
- To support the development of new initiatives through a variety of workshops, media literacy programs, events and symposia, courses, awards, and student internship opportunities
- To utilize the network of existing relationships with other liberal arts colleges and consortia to share positive results and learn from each other
- To demonstrate how the liberal arts embodies values and skills that enable people to thrive.
- To showcase, preserve, and share innovative uses of digital pedagogy, student scholarship, and collaborative scholarship across campus.