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Sunday February 5th

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

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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Graphic by Ira Wilder. Photos by Abe Loven, Brianna Ladd and Ira Wilder and courtesy of UNC Athletics and Dana Gentry.

GoHeels launches project to celebrate 50 years of UNC women's athletics

“We are proud of the women champions, legends and leaders who have contributed to the storied history of women’s sports at UNC,” Sarah Sessoms, Carolina Athletics director of special projects said. “We are excited to celebrate our rich history in multiple ways throughout the year because recognizing this milestone is important to the Department of Athletics.”

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Julián Castro, former secretary of housing and urban development, serves as Carolina's Latinx Center's keynote speaker for Latinx Heritage Month on Sept. 30.

Julián Castro gives Latinx Heritage Month keynote speech

In accordance with the theme, Castro was joined by a variety of members of the UNC community, including Irfaun Delgado Karim, student leadership coordinator for Student Life and Leadership, and Joseph Jordan, vice provost for academic and community engagement. The speakers placed an emphasis on the future, both for the Latinx community and everyone else.

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Chapel Hill High School Junior Brooklyn Harker (14) prepares to make a block for her teammate at a game. Photo Courtesy of Tina ConyeSmith.

Brook Harker breaks gender barrier to star for Chapel Hill High School football team

Although her main focus is doing whatever it takes to help her team win, Chapel Hill High School junior Brook Harker is aware of her platform as the school's first female football player. Unlike most of the other small number of women playing football, who usually play non-contact roles like kicker, Brook specializes in playing free safety. In last Friday’s game, Brook managed to kick for two extra points, deflect a pass, catch an interception and even play a few snaps on offense.

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