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Monday July 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

Karly Smith, a senior double majoring in sociology and African, African American, and Diaspora Studies, sits on the steps of Wilson Library on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. "Mental health is an important basis for all health," says Smith, who hopes to become a therapist herself. "And it's often overlooked."

CAPS has a remedy for students of color struggling to find mental health support

In September of 2020, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) launched a program to connect students of color with psychologists they can relate to. “The main goal of MCHP program is to be forward facing, to go into student groups and organizations, doing outreach and being present in student meetings,” Erinn Scott, co-facilitator of the program, said. Jasmine Mobley, a junior studying sociology, said her identity as a Black woman wasn’t prioritized by her white doctor, making it difficult to find help.

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Co-Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Heidi Pérez-Moreno

Column: Welcome back to Elevate

When I began working for the Daily Tar Heel in August, I realized the work needed to make our newsroom more inclusive must be practiced, perfected and enforced. I hope to take those experiences with me as incoming co-diversity, equity and inclusion officer of the DTH.

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Nida Allam was recently elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners, making her the first Muslim woman elected to public office in North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Nida Allam.

Meet Nida Allam, the first Muslim woman elected to office in North Carolina

Nida Allam is one of five women elected to the Durham County Board of Commissioners in the 2020 election. In 2017, she was elected as third vice chairperson of the N.C. Democratic Party, making her the first Muslim elected to the Executive Council. The following year, she was appointed to the Durham Mayor’s Council for Women and was unanimously elected as chairperson of the Council.

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