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Friday December 2nd

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.



Anvita Godavarthi, a second-year student majoring in Business Administration, participates in various activities including blowing bubbles on the Wellness Field Day on Nov. 12.

Asian Health Advocacy Alliance promotes wellness, community mental health support

On Friday, the UNC Asian Health Advocacy Alliance partnered with HBO Max and Yaya Tea for the wellness day event, which featured activities hosted by UNC Counseling and Psychological Services, the Vietnamese Student Association and WE ARE SAATH at UNC-CH. The activities included badminton, double dutch rope, jianzi, slime-making and more. The Asian Health Advocacy Alliance strives to improve the overall health of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in North Carolina through advocacy, education and community engagement.

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The UNC Latina/o Studies Program (LSP) held a virtual undergraduate symposium on Nov. 8. At the symposium, students and faculty discussed the exploration of art and its relation to history, politics and identity.

Students share research, perspectives on Latinx art at undergraduate symposium

The symposiums are part of an ongoing series that relate to historical and current events happening in Latinx communities and around the world.  “We intentionally create unique symposiums, and the symposiums are really intended to help our campus and broader community expand their conceptions of what defines Latinx people, their experiences, values and cultural and intellectual productions,” said Geovani Ramírez, a postdoctoral teaching assistant professor who moderated the symposium. 

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Genna Rae McNeil, Professor Emerita of History at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a scholar of African-American and U.S. Constitutional history, delivered the 2021 Sonja Haynes Stone Lecture.

Professor Emeritus Genna Rae McNeil gives 29th annual Stone Center lecture

During the lecture, the professor emeritus of history at UNC and a scholar of African American and U.S. constitutional history spoke about the lessons she has learned in studying history and critical race theory.  "What kind of history will you make with your life?" McNeil asked the audience. "And what kind of society do you want to live? What kind of society do you want to leave for coming generations?"

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Janet Mock, a writer, director, producer, and transgender rights activist, speaks at an event presented by Student Life and Leadership and UNC Queer and/or Transgender People of Color on Nov. 10 at Carolina Union's Great Hall. "An Evening with Janet Mock" consisted of conversations focused on leveraging your voice to enact positive change. "You don't have to have it all figured out," Mock says to audience members.

Emmy-nominated director Janet Mock discusses entertainment industry, personal journey

At the hour-long event, Mock, who directed the FX series “Pose,” gave advice to young QTPOC — queer and/or transgender people of color — and reflected on her personal journey of healing and identity.  “What does it look like for these castaways, who have been pushed out of homes, to build a network, family, resources and sanctuary within the ballroom?" Mock said of the show. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. The Harder They Fall (2021) is a new Netflix film that falls into Holleywood’s pattern of colorism. Pictured is Zazie Beetz, an actress from the movie that is centralized in this conversation.

Column: 'The Harder They Fall' doesn't quite get it right

"'The Harder They Fall' is a great movie that highlights an important and underrepresented part of our country’s history. We should be able to celebrate this piece of art while remaining critical of its flaws, especially those that play into harmful trends of colorism and fatphobia in representation that plague the industry."

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Tiffany Melenzio, founder and owner of Cup of T, poses for a portrait with their signature handmade items. Products range from tote bags to crocheted tops. "Now, that's my cup of t," smiled Melenzio.

'Colorful, bright and deserving of space': UNC student starts crochet business

Tiffany Melenzio has been knitting and sewing since they were a kid. But it wasn’t until quarantine that the UNC junior turned their hobby into local, Black-owned business, Cup of T. “I decided that if I love it enough then other people will love it too," they said. "One of my love languages is gift giving so I decided what better way to do that than have a business.” 

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