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Saturday September 25th

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.



Zachary Boyce, a first-year law student poses for a portrait in front of the Law School. Boyce had racist comments directed towards him by a fellow law student via zoom chat during class.

Racist incident during UNC law class raises questions about diversity and inclusion

Following an incident during a Zoom class where one student was accused of making racist remarks toward a student of color, some UNC law students wrote a letter asking for the school's administration to condemn the words and actions of the student. The letter and an accompanying petition were presented to the administration and gathered over 360 signatures from current students, alumni and professors in the law school.

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DTH Photo Illustration. Only two weeks after students were expected to leave their on-campus housing and attend classes remotely, students living off-campus are struggling with internet accessibility.

Broadband Task Force discusses bringing internet to rural Orange County communities

Approximately 5,000 residential units in Orange County are not adequately serve with broadband, Jim Northrup, chief information officer for the county, said.  Orange County Commissioner Earl McKee was concerned that these internet access issues were amplified due to COVID-19. So he petitioned to start the Orange County Broadband Task Force, which held its first meeting on March 3. 

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The Chapel Hill Town Council will vote on a project that would redevelop the nonoperational Marathon Service Station and the Tar Heel Mobile Home Park into a new gas station, storage building, and convenience store. The Marathon Service Station is pictured on Saturday, March 6th, 2021.

Chapel Hill Town Council to vote on MLK development that could threaten mobile home park

As of Tuesday, the Chapel Hill Town Council is set to vote on the project’s rezoning proposal on March 10. Council members differ on whether they’ll approve the project. But they agree the project doesn’t align with the Town’s land use goals.   They also share the concern for the long-term security of the residents, as the developer has voiced their intention to sell the property and potentially displace the residents if the project is not approved. 

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Empty syringes wait to be prepared with a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

'A shot in the dark': N.C. vaccine rollout poses questions about ethics and priorities

Since North Carolina started its vaccine rollout in December 2020, nearly 1 million residents have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. But while the promise of a return to a pre-pandemic life has offered respite for some, it has outlined a competitive and confusing pecking order for others.   

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