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Thursday December 8th

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.



Journalism school announces new DEI Action Plan, student inclusivity programs

The Hussman School of Journalism and Media recently released the 2022 plan of action on diversity, equity and inclusion.  The plan arrives one year after the Oct. 2021 routine review of the school by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. The school is currently on provisional accreditation status.  The plan was developed through a collaborative process with Dean Raul Reis and other members of the school’s faculty and staff. 

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, located in Raleigh, is pictured on Aug. 26, 2022.

NCDHHS awarded $13.8 million to expand employment for those with disabilities

$13.8 million was awarded to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to support those with developmental and intellectual disabilities in finding competitive employment.  The grant will allow 300 individuals to transition from subminimum wage positions to Competitive Integrated Employment positions, where they will earn at least minimum wage. 

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Dr. Joanne Wilson, a 1969 alumnus of UNC, reflects on her time at the University as a Black female during the Black Pioneers Dinner on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022.

UNC's Black Pioneers reflect on decades of 'shared kinship'

Members of the Black Alumni Reunion met for dinner and conversation last Friday at their first full-scale, in-person event since 2019.  The dinner was one of numerous events that took place across a five-day-long celebration of Black alumni at UNC. Members in attendance included past and present Black students, including the Black Pioneers. The Pioneers are the first generation of Black students who attended UNC-Chapel Hill from 1952 through the class of 1972.

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Sophomore Joy Jiang, first-year Christina Huang, and sophomore Sarah Zhang pose for a portrait at the Old Well on Oct. 3, 2022. The UNC for Affirmative Action group aims to defend diversity at UNC.

Students start UNC for Affirmative Action

UNC for Affirmative Action is a new student group aiming to raise awareness about affirmative action and the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that could affect it at UNC.  Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be heard on October 31 and has the potential to nullify UNC’s affirmative action policies

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The 440 Night Club float at the 2022 Pride Parade in Durham, N.C. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of Eliza Benbow.

Latinx LGBTQ+ community continues to improve outreach, support during Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and local organizations members of the Latinx LGBTQ+ community in North Carolina and the Triangle are working to increase support, education and advocacy for each other. Of the more than 11.3 million LGBTQ+ adults that live in the United States, about 20 percent, or 2.3 million, also identify as Latinx, according to a report by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. “We try to empower people to get to know themselves,” Oscar Garcia, a community leader who works with LILA Latinx LGBTQI INC., said.

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A doll on display in Stone Center's Brown gallery as a part of Anike Robinson's Gris Gris Gurlz exhibition, photographed on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022.

Anike Robinson brings her exhibit 'Gris Gris Gurlz' to the Stone Center

Multimedia artist Anike Robinson will present "Gris Gris Gurlz" — her unique collection of collages, paintings, videos and dolls — in the Brown Gallery and Museum at the Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History this Thursday. The exhibition will run through the fall and closes on Dec. 10. “This is a place where I get to feel right, in many ways,” Robinson said. “I feel right with the universe, I feel centered and healthy and good. So when I'm joyous, or even when I'm having an anxiety and depression-filled day or month, (art) is the thing that helps me power through.”

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Op-ed: Kenan-Flagler Business School needs a change in leadership

"Kenan-Flagler does not prioritize the success of all students, and has made it very clear that if something is not revenue-generating, there is no room for it. Let’s make sure the next dean of UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School is truly focused on the mission to build and inspire leaders who make the world a better place."

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Narcan, distributed through a free vending machine in Orange County Detention Center, is used to reverse an opioid overdose.

County detention center installs free Narcan vending machine, combats drug overdose

Orange County residents struggling with substance abuse can now access naloxone, which reverses opioid overdose, for free from a vending machine located at the county’s Detention Center.  Seven counties have adopted naloxone vending machines in their detention centers. These machines hold Narcan kits which reverse opioid overdoses by slowing rapid breathing. This provides time for emergency responders to administer medical treatment.

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President Rosa Elias and Vice President Michelle Jamanca of UNC SUIE pose for a portrait at Wilson Library on Sept. 12, 2022. 

Heather Diehl

SUIE fosters immigrant advocacy on campus

SUIE was started in 2008 to raise campus awareness about different issues that prevent immigrants from enjoying basic human rights.                                                                     “When I came into UNC, I saw a predominantly white community — I didn't see a lot of diversity,” Rosa Elias, the president of SUIE, said. 

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Sones de México Ensemble, pictured, will be hosting the Sones de México Ensemble Concert & Workshop at the Stone Center on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022.
Photo Courtesy of Juan Dies and Photo by Henry Fajardo.

Sones de México to bring ensemble to UNC's campus this Friday

From performances in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, Grammy nominations and their ability to collectively play 80 musical instruments, the Sones de México Ensemble is no amateur group. And soon, they will be bringing their talent to Chapel Hill. Sones de México will be coming to UNC on September 9 to host a workshop and concert in the The Sonja Haynes Stone Center. 

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