Digital Liberal Arts

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Whittier’s Digital Liberal Arts Center (DigLibArts) is a collaborative initiative to enhance the liberal arts at Whittier College by empowering faculty, staff, librarians, and students to make full and better use of the digital technologies that are reshaping pedagogical approaches and transforming research throughout the liberal arts. The emerging center is designed to support and inspire faculty (by providing personal assistance, workshop training and stipends, and tools) to integrate digital technologies into their pedagogy and to foster the building of relationships with other liberal arts colleges developing similar initiatives.


In October of 2013, Whittier College was awarded a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the creation of an initiative to increase and support digital humanities at the liberal arts college. [1]. Andrea Rehn (PhD, Associate Professor of English) was the Principle Investigator on the grant and would continue as the project's Co-Director with Charlotte Borst, then-Vice President and Dean of Academics. Sonia Chaidez (MA, Library), the campus Instructional Media Designer took on the role of project coordinator. Anne Cong-Huyen (PhD) would join the team in 2014 as the Digital Scholar and co-coordinator. In January of 2015, Eli Thorkelson (PhD) would join the campus as the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Digital Liberal Arts and Anthropology.

Adrianne Wadewitz

In 2014 Adrianne Wadewitz (PhD), renowned Wikipedian and scholar of 18th c. British Literature, was hired to be the campus' first Digital Scholar. Unfortunately on April 8, 2014, Wadewitz died from head injuries sustained from a rock climbing accident. Her death was covered broadly in U.S. news and media, and mourned by the academic, feminist, and Wikipedia communities. Despite her tragic loss, her work still informs the work that is undertaken by DigLibArts to this day.


  • Andrea Rehn, Director
  • Sonia Chaidez, Coordinator, Instructional Media Designer
  • Anne Cong-Huyen, Coordinator, Digital Scholar
  • Eli Thorkelson, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Veronica Triay, Administrative Assistant
  • Nicole Guzzo, Lead Student Tech Liaison



  1. Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards “DigLibArts” $750,000 Grant,