= Hilltop Equity Diversity Inclusivity

Equity + Diversity + Inclusivity

One of Hilltop’s values is Inclusivity: respecting individual differences, ensuring equal opportunities, and condemning prejudicial actions. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiative’s goal is to keep that value alive for both our staff and those we serve.

Here you will find stories and educational resources to help us all learn and grow in that journey. Leave a comment to share your own story or idea – let your voice be heard. Contact the spearhead of this initiative, Hollie VanRoosendaal, with questions, thoughts, concerns, or if you are looking for ideas for personal growth or team development.

There are many cultures, heritages, and diverse groups represented within Hilltop. We will strive throughout the year to recognize, celebrate, and educate on the importance of our organization’s full spectrum of diversity.

Hispanic Heritage Month
It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th through October 15th. This month of awareness is meant to recognize and celebrate the rich cultures, history, contributions, and accomplishments of Americans whose heritage is from Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. America, our community, and Hilltop are all a mosaic of individual, diverse humans that bring wonderful and unique perspective, voices, ideas, and experience. Without each individual piece, the mosaic is not whole or complete… we don’t have the entire beautiful picture. Hilltop appreciates and recognizes the contributions of our Hilltoppers of Hispanic and/or Latino/Latina/Latinx heritage to our mission of People First.
Hispanic Heritage Events

Hispanic Heritage Events

Learn about upcoming events in our local community, across the state, and worldwide. Join fellow Hilltoppers in support and appreciation of Hispanic heritage.

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implicit bias

Let’s Talk About Implicit Bias

As a foundational component to equity, diversity, and inclusion, we need to understand that we all have biases or “filters,” ways in which we experience, see, hear, understand, and be in the world around us.

Pride Month

Let's come together during the month of June to learn, to grow, and to participate in events that help us develop a mindset of inclusivity and belonging.

Women’s History Month

Women play and hold important roles at Hilltop and in our community. We acknowledge that and we are proud of the contributions and the difference you make for so many!

Black History Month

An important conversation has taken vivid shape this past year across our nation regarding race and the institutions and systems that actively discriminate and oppress.

Have a question or idea for Hilltop’s EDI Initiative?

Tell Us What You Think!


  1. Hollie VanRoosendaal

    Hi there Hilltoppers! For those of you living in the Delta, Montrose, Ridgeway, and Ouray communities…I just wanted to update you that a Pride event is taking place on July 25th from 4:00 to 8:00 at Hartwell Park in Ridgeway! It’s the first annual Ouray County pride fest!

  2. Anonymous

    I love this! Thank you for getting this going! There is not enough conversation about diversity and inclusivity (especially in many smaller towns) and I am so proud to work for an organization so willing to address that ❤

  3. Hollie VanRoosendaal

    Hi again! Just wanted to share some more resources for everyone to take a deeper dive into Black History month, current topics that affect Black Americans in the United States, and how to be an ally to the Black community. Several of these resources have been read, watched, and discussed by Hilltop leadership and we thought it was fitting to share these resources and learning opportunities with you!

    Black Americans making history in 2021 – https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/gma-inspiration-list-making-black-history-2021/story?id=75228763

    White Fragility Ted Talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ey4jgoxeU
    White Fragility Book (Robin DiAngelo) – http://www.beacon.org/White-Fragility-P1631.aspx

    Understanding Anti-racism Ted Talk – Difference between being “not racist” and “anti-racist” -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCxbl5QgFZw
    How To Be An Anti-Racist Book (Ibram X. Kendi) – https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist

    13th Documentary (Ava Duvernay) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krfcq5pF8u8

    Just Mercy Official Movie Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVQbeG5yW78
    Just Mercy Book (Bryan Stevenson) – https://justmercy.eji.org/

    Want to access these books and videos for free? Mesa County Public Library has all these and more! I’ve included their instruction page for getting a library card and using their on-line system to check-out books, videos, and so much more! Did you know that there’s also a free app you can load on your phone to access books and audio books for free through the library? It’s called the Libby App and I’ve included a link for you to learn more about it and load it on your phone, computer/laptop, tablet, etc. Enjoy!!

    Library card & online book/video rental information – https://mesacountylibraries.org/services/library-cards/
    Libby App (Free book & audio book library rentals) – https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/

  4. cara Hadley

    Hollie and Dylan, thank you for creating this site. I enjoyed watching the Local Profile Spotlight featuring, Mona Highline.

  5. Rebecca

    I love this so much! Thank you for all of your work, Hollie and Dylan.

  6. Morgaan Walters-Schaler

    Love, Love, Love EVERYTHING about this page! So proud of Hilltop and Hollie for making this initiative a priority!

  7. Dylan Hardy

    I love this new page!


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