Indivisible is a six-week Steamboat Pilot & Today reporting project that focuses on the issues of diversity, equity and inclusivity by exploring the divides that exist in Steamboat Springs and Routt County. The series also looks at the efforts underway locally to bridge those gaps.
The name for the series is rooted in the knowledge that people feel invisible for a variety of reasons, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, geography and income. By bringing these issues into the light, reporting on them and discussing them openly, the community can discover ways to break down these divides and build a stronger, more “indivisible” society.
The series will publish every Wednesday from Sept. 23 to Oct. 28. Watch for each installment in our print edition and here at SteamboatPilot.com/Indivisible.
An introduction to Indivisible, a deeper look at the community’s racial, ethnic and cultural makeup as well as bringing to light other divides that exist in Steamboat and Routt County.
While by no means representative of the wide range of people who have either been here their whole lives, or come from different parts of the country or world, we will talk to a handful of people about their experience as a person of color in the Yampa Valley and where they see connectivity and where they see division and inequality.
Exploring some of the greatest barriers — like language and job opportunities — that exist for people of color and immigrants who call Routt County home. It will also highlight the efforts underway to create a more inclusive community.
Exploring the most prevalent misconceptions and inequalities surrounding gender and sexuality.
Evaluating the growing chasm between rural and urban communities.
Week 6: The economic divide »
A stark wealth gap exists in Routt County, and this divide can create serious socioeconomic challenges for those who live and work in the Yampa Valley. This installment will explore those issues with a focus on affordable housing, access to quality health care, the high cost of child care and the division between local residents and second homeowners.
Each week will also include sports feature stories focusing on minority access to the outdoors and sports, the cost of prep sports, how that affects participation and more, in addition to profiles of diverse people across the community.
Resources and definitions
Are you biased? Take an Implicit Bias test
WATCH: Discussing Steamboat Springs School District’s emerging bilingual and newcomers programs for English language learners.
WATCH: Discussing the diversity, equity and inclusivity toolkit created by the 2020 Leadership Steamboat class.
From the editor: One Book Steamboat pairs perfectly with the Pilot’s new reporting series
Participate in One Book Steamboat by reading Ibram X. Kendi’s books and then using them as a launching pad for important conversations.
Library launches 2020 One Book Steamboat featuring Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘How to Be an Antiracist’
One Book Steamboat community read helps kick off Indivisible series
Bud Werner Memorial Library is collaborating with the Pilot & Today in an effort to bring issues of diversity, equality and inclusivity to the forefront of conversation and active change in the Yampa Valley. The library’s annual One Book Steamboat, a community read, will focus on the antiracist works of award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi.
Thanks to our underwriters and partners
Series underwriter: Steamboat Springs School District
In partnership with: Integrated Community and Bud Werner Memorial Library