I’m hoping we can discuss ways we are, will, and want to collaborate with Title VI programs. DH is marked by many exciting features including altac careers, integration of areas that are too often separated (research, teaching, service), opportunities for collaboration, opportunities to engage with other fields to due truly innovative and cross/trans-disciplinary work, connection to public scholarship, and cross-discipline and cross-department placement. Title VI National Resource Centers offer all of these and have been doing so for decades. Also, Title VI Centers contain long-term institutional knowledge and best practices for this sort of work, which can inform concerns about institutional placement, alignment, and integration.
DH has many incredible opportunities for collaboration, but I’d specifically like to discuss how we do, can, and are interested in collaborating with Title VI Centers given both how much we have to offer and how much we could learn. Additionally, in a recent article in InsideHigherEd, Lee Bissette wrote about DH seeming to be English-centric and stated: “I think, more generally, DH could do more to bridge linguistic divides” (article). Title VI Centers are just one of the many places that DH could pursue for more collaboration, but each is a one that is many and thus where collaboration is especially bountiful with so many fields, areas, and perspectives represented.