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Tuesday February 7th

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

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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The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity poses for a portrait. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Pruitt.

'They see value': Postdoctoral program supports faculty members of color

The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity aims to set up scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups for possible tenure-track appointments at UNC or other research institutions. Sarah D. Mills, who completed the program in 2021 and is now an assistant professor at UNC, said programs like the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity can’t be the only solution to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty. “These types of programs are really critical to there being change in what faculty at universities look like,” she said. “And I don't think just these programs alone are enough.”

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A screenshot from Dr. Marcia Chatelain’s lecture for Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Award-winning author Marcia Chatelain delivers 2022 Black History Month lecture

On Feb. 9, acclaimed historian and Georgetown University professor Marcia Chatelain delivered UNC’s 2022 Black History Month lecture, discussing her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that explores the relationship between McDonald's and Black entrepreneurship. "There’s really rarely an accounting for the cultural work — and the effective cultural work — that corporations, particularly fast-food corporations, do in ingratiating themselves to Black experiences and Black cultural forms,” she said.

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Members of the Black Student Movement celebrate the beginning of Black History Month in the Student Union on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019.

A guide to Black History Month events on campus

Black History Month is celebrated annually throughout the month of February. The campus community has planned the 2022 Black History Month Lecture, "Blood Done Sign my Name" live performance by Mike Wiley, and the Race and Memory at UNC discussion with William Sturkey and Danita Mason-Hogans. The UNC Black Student Movement is also hosting a collection of events.

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