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Sunday December 4th

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

Senior health policy and management major Takhona Hlatshwako has been named UNC’s 52nd Rhodes Scholar, allowing her a fully-funded one-year interdisciplinary master’s degree program in international health and tropical medicine at Oxford University.

UNC senior studying public health named University's 52nd Rhodes scholar

Takhona Hlatshwako will be participating in a fully funded one-year interdisciplinary master’s degree program in international health and tropical medicine at Oxford University.  Hlatshwako, originally from the Kingdom of Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland, is the one of the first from her home country and the 33rd Morehead-Cain scholar to receive the Rhodes scholarship. 

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UNC Asian American Center Associate Director Krupal Amin poses for a portrait outside the AAC on Oct. 27.

Meet Krupal Amin, associate director of UNC's Asian American Center

In July, the UNC Asian American Center welcomed Krupal Amin as its associate director. Amin received her undergraduate degree in English and comparative literature from UNC. While she was at UNC-CH, Amin co-founded Tar Heel Raas, one of the University's South Asian dance teams. One of the long-term goals Amin wants to achieve is for the Center to underscore that the South is more than just a Black-white binary.

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Charles B. Aycock Residence Hall was temporarily named Residence Hall One by the Carolina Housing Residence Hall Renaming Committee.

Residence Hall Association aims to address building names and prioritize inclusivity

Anusha Dubey, administrative coordinator of the Residence Hall Association, said the COVID-19 pandemic, along with dealing with the fallout from the BOT's initial failure to offer tenure to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, delayed progress in renaming efforts. “I think we’ve been dealing with a lot as a University and so a lot of things have been delayed, but because things have been delayed doesn't mean that they have been stopped,” Dubey said. 

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Artists and viewers admire the art of the thirteen LatinX artists on display for the Being and Belonging exhibit at the Fedex Global Center on Oct. 5.

'Part of what's here': Being and Belonging exhibit hosts Latinx artists across N.C.

The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 12 and aims to introduce a greater audience at UNC to a Latin American aesthetic sensibility.  "Being and Belonging" was organized by UNC Global in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of the Americas. The artists featured in the art exhibit are: Antonio Alanís, Tina Alberni, Adriana Ameigh, Georges Le Chevallier, Gabriela Costas, Alexandre Emmanuel, Lina Fernández Giraldo, Gloribel Irizarry, Leandro Manzo, Peter Marín, Renzo Ortega, Alexander Lee Quiñonez and Tina Vasquez. 

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