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Friday September 17th

Elevate: Amplifying voices in our community

Elevate is here to do exactly what it says — to give a platform to those whose voices are often silenced. This is a page to celebrate and uplift the underrepresented communities that make up Chapel Hill, who contribute to our culture and daily lives in ways that are often not reported. Elevate adds depth to stories across campus, the town and Orange County.


The page is in part put together and reported by members of the Sharif Durhams Leadership Program, a talent and leadership development course for DTH students from underrepresented groups. Elevate accepts pitches throughout the year for op-eds and letters from members of different groups in our community. Please send submissions to elevate@dailytarheel.com.



Ramona Denby-Brinson, dean of the UNC School of Social Work, poses for a portrait at the SSW on Wednesday, Sep. 1, 2021. Denby-Brinson's appointment was approved on Aug. 5, making her the first Black woman to lead the school.

New dean of School of Social Work hopes to increase innovation and diversity

Ramona Denby-Brinson is the first Black woman to serve as dean of the UNC School of Social Work. She came to UNC from a position as a professor and associate dean for academic affairs at the Ohio State University College of Social Work. Denby-Brinson said she sees this opportunity as a way to use the UNC's strengths to tackle current social problems, specifically COVID-19, racism, social injustice and inequalities.

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"It's been that way since the very beginning," says Geeta Kapur of the systemic racism at UNC. Kapur poses for a portrait at the Old Well with her new book, “To Drink from the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation’s Oldest University," on Tuesday, Sep 7., 2021.

To Drink from the Well: UNC alumna writes book on University history and systemic racism

Written by civil rights lawyer and UNC alumna Geeta N. Kapur, "To Drink from the Well: The Struggle for Racial Equality at the Nation’s Oldest Public University" is scheduled to release for Sept. 21. The book is a product of 11 years of research and is the first to provide a comprehensive look at the University's history of systemic racism from 1776.  Kapur discussed the book at an event at Flyleaf Books on Sept. 2. 

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Stan Vickers was the first Black student to attend a previously all-white school in Orange County. Vickers was honored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education on August 12 60 years after the court case that desegregated local schools.

CHCCS honors Stan Vickers after 60th anniversary of desegregation efforts

The CHCCS Board of Education honored Stan Vickers at a recent school board meeting for his contributions to the original desegregation movements in Orange County 60 years ago.  When Vickers was 10 years old, Vickers’ family filed a lawsuit against the Chapel Hill City Board of Education to gain entry into Carrboro Elementary School where, at the time, only white students were allowed to attend.  "Every child should have a right to a good education," Vickers said at a board meeting last week. "We have come a way, but there’s a long way to go."

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