Indivisible |


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

An introduction to the Indivisible series.

It’s no secret that Steamboat Springs and the surrounding Yampa Valley is overwhelmingly white. So, who are the people of color who are here? And how has that changed over the years? 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.

This segment of the series will explore 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.

This article explores the most prevalent misconceptions and inequalities surrounding gender and sexuality. It describes the most recent research in these areas that reveal gender and sexuality as more of a spectrum than, for example, the binary of male and female. By featuring voices from minority communities — from female leaders who challenged gender inequalities to a transgender Steamboat Springs graduate who shares his journey of self-acceptance — this article shows how the community can foster better understanding and address the divides that remain.

This article evaluates the growing chasm between rural and urban communities. It explores the major ways these divides manifest, namely through disagreements over land use, development and culture. Featuring voices on both sides of these issues, the article seeks to show important historical moments that shaped the county and how important near-term decisions could impact its future.

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.


WATCH: The diversity, equity and inclusivity toolkit created by the 2020 Leadership Steamboat class is the subject of the Sept. 16, 2020, Steamboat Conversations live virtual town hall. Panelists include Norma Ruth Ryan, Sylvie Piquet, Kirk Aigner and Kristen Jespersen, representing the Leadership Steamboat class. Lisa Schlichtman, Pilot & Today editor, serves as moderator.

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