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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

Assistant Professor Dr. Maggie Melo uses a virtual reality headset in Manning Hall on Feb. 22, 2022.

UNC SILS researchers aim to create more equitable makerspaces

The UNC Equity in the Making Lab is working to make makerspaces an equitable environment for students in historically underrepresented communities.  Maggie Melo, an assistant professor in SILS who is leading the project, said the lab will be using software to create virtual reality makerspaces for students to provide suggestions on how to make the space more welcoming.  “So as they are walking around they are kind of thinking about what the space looks like, but also importantly, what it feels like, because I think that’s a major component to get a better understanding of it,” Melo said. 

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The Bhangra Elite dance team performs during halftime of a men's basketball game at the Dean Smith Center on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022. 

'I love this team': Bhangra Elite wins first place at South Asian dance competition

Bhangra Elite, a South Asian dance group at UNC, won first place on Feb. 12 at the East Coast Showdown — the team's first in-person competition in two years. At the competition, 13 Bhangra Elite members performed a seven minute set. Performances were evaluated by a panel of five judges. “I would say coming back this year has been so exciting because there's just so much to look forward to,” junior and team co-captain Kaathya Kashyap said.

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Mauricio Solano, the economic development manager at El Centro Hispano, poses in the nonprofit's new ToolBank on Friday, Feb. 18. 

El Centro Hispano announces program to increase job opportunities for Latinx workers

Announced on Feb. 12, the new ToolBank program allows for workers who are a part of the nonprofit's Casa for Employment & Leadership program to rent tools at a low cost in Carrboro. Mauricio Solano, El Centro Hispano’s economic development manager, said access to tools is necessary for improving workers' abilities to take on new jobs. "The first goal is to increase or improve the income and the economic condition for the Latin community," Solano said.

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