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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the fall of 1966, Hortense McClinton joined the School of Social Work as the first black faculty member hired at UNC. McClinton spoke with The Daily Tar Heel about those experiences and her ambivalence toward her significance in the history of the University.Read More »
Archie Ervin and Terri Houston agree the fight to diversify the University is never quite complete. The pair answered questions on the importance of a diverse student body and faculty at a forum Monday.Read More »
It was hard not to stare: The woman’s breasts were so large she made Barbie look downright small-busted. The men on the ice hockey team who painted her on the side of a cube in the Pit knew she’d draw attention. That was sort of the point, they say.Read More »
UNC student dance company Blank Canvas has come a long way in the last 10 years. And in the genre-bending, 100- person finale that serves as the highlight of its fall performance on Sunday, the group will show just how far it has come.Read More »
Following up on a study conducted in 2002 under former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert Shelton, the University will examine potential salary disparities among women and minority faculty members at UNC. The study will examine and look for any differences or outliers in the salary of minority and female professors who have a similar position and length of experience as their white or male peers.Read More »
Holding signs and chanting, “let us serve,” a group gathered in Raleigh on Thursday night to protest discrimination in the armed forces. The rally was part of a national campaign calling for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”Read More »
In 11 years, Archie Ervin shepherded diversity and multicultural affairs to new heights. To take his job after he leaves for Georgia Institute of Technology, Ervin recommended the woman he hired as an assistant to the chancellor in 1999 — Terri Houston.Read More »
More than 200 people gathered in the Pit on Thursday for a candle-lit vigil to honor the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens who recently committed suicide. Attendees embraced and comforted one another as the names and circumstances of the victims were read aloud.Read More »
Archie Ervin, UNC’s associate provost and chief diversity officer, will be leaving to accept a newly created position at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Read More »
For many students who identify as transgender or gender non-specific, the decision to choose between male or female restrooms on campus can be stressful. UNC-Asheville has tried to alleviate that tension by establishing gender non-specific bathrooms, and UNC could designate more of its bathrooms similarly.Read More »
The Carolina Performing Arts series will present “Dynamic Korea: Dance and Song,” bringing the Chae Hyang Soon Dance Company to perform its iteration of traditional Korean dance with a contemporary twist.Read More »
A report released Wednesday said UNC needs more diversity at the top. After combing through hundreds of pages of data from all University departments, UNC’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs released the 52-page 2009-10 annual report Wednesday.Read More »
The Wake County School Board voted in a 5-4 decision Tuesday night to overturn 30 years of policy designed to promote public school diversity in favor of a new policy promoting neighborhood schools.Read More »
The state is revising an education reform plan after an early draft caused outrage among American Indian communities. The State Board of Education’s first draft of the Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort included a proposal to remove pre-colonial history education from the U.S. History course requirements at the high school level.Read More »