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Sunday June 20th

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 marginalized 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 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.



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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