About Us

Our Story

Organized in collaboration between the Jackson State University Department of Art and the Diversity Working Group at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, this project was a response to the unique problems we noticed in both our departments. While the Faculty of Information seems like the ideal place for Black Digital Humanities projects to emerge — being a program that provides students with both technical knowledge and humanities education — the program has been heavily critiqued for its anti-Blackness and lack of concern for both current and prospective Black students. In contrast, while Jackson State University has a predominantly Black student population as a HBCU, many of the students have limited access to professional development opportunities and the technical resources needed to transform their ideas into something more tangible.

Our Mission

Originally conceptualized as a one-off speaker series to address these problems, its significant success has helped grow this project into something bigger. This lab aims to provide a space for Black undergraduate students to explore, experiment, and engage with the digital humanities through skill-based learning opportunities and participation in research-creation projects that reflect their lived experiences. Moreover, we aim to provide a platform for early-career scholars to share their research.


Jackson State University
Brittany Myburgh, Faculty Advisor, Co-Director 
Ashanti Stiff, Research Assistant
Capryka Hunt, Research Assistant 
Kaylin Ewing, Research Assistant 

University of Toronto
Keith Cheng, Co-Director
Azza Osman, UX Manager 
Hayat Abdulhakim, Archival Lead


Conference Presentations

"Digital Dialogues: Exploring Digital Humanities in HBCUs Through a Kitchen-Table Talk Approach" 
Myburgh, B., Cheng, K., Stiff, A. [Forthcoming]
DH2024: Reinvention and Responsibility, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

"Power to the People: Digital Humanities for/as Community Development" 
Cheng, K. [Forthcoming]
#OTESSA2024: Sustaining Shared Futures
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