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Thursday June 1st

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

The Chapel Hill Public Library is open to visitors who can experience its new, inclusive services with the theme “Neurodiversity and Nature” on Friday, March 24, 2023.

Chapel Hill Public Library introduces sensory resources to serve neurodiverse community

In an effort to make the space more inclusive, the Chapel Hill Public Library is launching an initiative that offers nature-themed, sensory-friendly resources. The initiative, called "Neurodiversity and Nature," is catered toward children and adults with diverse cognitive needs, including sensory processing differences, dementia and memory loss, ADHD, intellectual or developmental disabilities and autism.  

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'Dehumanizing' experiences lead disabled student to demand improved bus accessibility

After a series of accessibility-related issues with Chapel Hill Transit, UNC junior Sarah Ferguson reached out about her negative experiences with bus operators.  CHT invited her to their bus garage so they can learn to better accommodate her wheelchair's Firefly attachment — a visit she will make in the future. “It’s not worth it for me to take a bus and risk ending up in a situation where I'm humiliated and dehumanized,” she said.

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