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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.



Carborro residents shop at the Carborro farmer's market Saturday, Feb. 9 2020.

COVID-19 increases food insecurity for low-income residents

The pandemic has increased food insecurity for community members such as refugees and those who live in public housing developments. Public housing developments are located farther away from grocery stores, often requiring a round trip of more than one mile.  Limited bus routes due to COVID-19 have added to inequities in transportation. Organizations, such as PORCH and Food Not Bombs, have been working together to provide aid to community members.

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Taylor Williams serves as 2018-2019 Senior Miss Warren County Indian Education Princess at Haliwa-Saponi Pow Wow in Hollister, NC. Photo Courtesy of Taylor Williams.

UNC Native American students celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day virtually

The Native American community of Chapel Hill came together on Monday to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, which honors the histories and cultures of Native American people. Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated on the same day as the U.S. holiday, Columbus Day, a day meant to celebrate the Italian navigator and colonist Christopher Columbus and his voyage to the Americas.

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First generation UNC students feel isolated during UNC’s virtual semester

For many first generation students, the switch to remote learning has translated into difficulties finding affordable tutoring options outside UNC and finding adequate living options.  Programs and resources are available for first generation students to stay connected with other students, discuss academic challenges and issues they’re facing during the at-home semester, and receive guidance from faculty mentors and participate in peer coaching. 

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The North Carolina Latin American Film Festival will be hosted virtually this year starting Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. The event is produced annually by UNC-Chapel Hill in collaboration with Duke University.

35th annual NC Latin American Film Festival shares Latinx stories over Zoom

Events start Friday, Oct. 9, and run through Sunday, Oct. 18. The event is free but viewers must register online ahead of time. The film festival will be showing films such as “La Historia Oficial,” “When the Mountains Tremble” and “NO,” as well as presenting a series of conversations and talks from renowned speakers. The full calendar of events can be found on the NCLAFF website. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. As the election approaches,  concerns have been raised about racial disparities among absentee ballot deficiency rates.

Higher rate of deficiencies reported in absentee ballots cast by Black voters in NC

As the election approaches, there have been concerns about racial disparities in absentee ballot deficiency rates.  The North Carolina State Board of Elections  reports that 3.5 percent of non-Hispanic Black voters and 2.6 percent of Hispanic voters have had their ballots deemed deficient, compared to one percent of non-Hispanic white voters. “I’m sure there are consequences of historical, systemic oppression that sort of plays into that as well in terms of just access to the ballots and familiarity with election procedures,” said Jeff Loperfido, senior counsel for voting rights at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice Voters can track the status of their mail-in ballots using BallotTrax. 

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'Wheels are already kind of turning': UNC community reflects on spring semester plans

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced the formation of the new Campus and Community Advisory Committee in a formal notice on Sept. 15.  Selected by Guskiewicz, this group of faculty, staff, students and community members will give feedback as spring reopening plans develop. Vice Chancellor of Communications Joel Curran said in a statement that the new advisory committee aims to "ensure that as many voices as possible are heard" and provide critical feedback. Some still feel that it won’t be enough to change decisions.

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On September 23rd at the Carolina Latinx Center, students (left to right) Jadah Smith, Isabella Lima, Elena Delvalle, and Bianca Goodwin participate in "Paint My Latinidad" by each painting a visual representation of their latinidad. This event was one of many hosted by the Carolina Latinx Center as a way to celebrate Latin Heritage Month and raise conversations about Latinx culture.

Virtual event celebrates Latinx Heritage Month through poetry

While much has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an event put on by the UNC Latina/o Studies Program is showing that poetry is never canceled.  The event, "poetry: books in the age of corona," which will take place on Wednesday at 5 pm virtually. It will feature three Latinx poets, storytellers, students, writers, artists and educators. 

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