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Monday June 27th

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.



Dr. LaSaundra Booth plays piano in the piano lab at Kenan Music Building on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2022. Dr. Booth was recently featured as the NAfME 2021 All-National Honors Orchestra Conductor.

'I hope to empower': Meet music education lecturer LaSaundra Booth

LaSaundra Booth, a lecturer of music education at UNC, began playing the cello in the fourth grade and fell in love with it. She has since performed in a variety of symphonies and orchestras, and founded the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra, a nonprofit organization that provides instruments and musical training to over 350 children across three counties. “If there’s one word I’m taking into 2022, it’s 'empower,'" Booth said of her work. "I want to empower the next generation of teacher leaders.”

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War Paint performs at the CIC's 35th Annual Powwow at Hooker fields on March 5, 2022.

Carolina Indian Circle holds first in-person powwow since pandemic

This year marked the Carolina Indian Circles’ 35th annual powwow, one of the largest collegiate powwows on the East Coast — and the CIC's first since the pandemic began in 2020. “It’s kind of like having a family reunion where you’re just coming back to this common space that you only see annually," Evynn Richardson, CIC's culture co-chairperson, said. CIC members said that, especially at a predominately white institution, having a Native American identity often means fighting to have their voices heard. 

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HBCU representatives hold summit on pandemic's disparate effect on mental health.

HBCU representatives hold summit on pandemic's disparate effect on mental health

On Feb. 23, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services partnered with historically Black colleges and universities to host a mental health summit. The summit, “Peeling Back the Layers on Minority Mental Health,” aimed to address the needs of minority students and faculty at HBCUs in North Carolina and the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I've seen a totally big jump on trauma with our students and, of course, grief,” Aishia Griffin, director of Counseling Services at Bennett College, said.

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Photographer Cornell Watson, the creator of "Tarred Healing," poses for a portrait in his Durham office on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. "Tarred Healing" is a photo story reflecting on Black history in Chapel Hill and at UNC.

'Tarred Healing' photo story on Black history at UNC pulled from display

In June, photographer Cornell Watson was offered an artist residency at the Stone Center to create a body of work that captured spaces of memory for Black history. He created a project called "Tarred Healing." The photo story was planned to be put on display in the Stone Center, which recently canceled the exhibition, citing "disagreements over content and scope" and that the project has been published in The Washington Post. But to Watson, the decision was censorship. "All they had to do was just put the photos up," he said.

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