Emma Mantooth

Emma Mantooth

Emma Mantooth


How did you discover Western?

I discovered Western after doing a Google search of liberal arts schools in Colorado. I came to visit during a Preview Day and after meeting prospective professors and classmates, I knew I couldn’t go anywhere else!

What are some of the highlights of your time at Western?

Some of the highlights of my time at Western have been speaking at the Second Annual Conference for Hispanic and Latin American Studies about the importance of intercultural communications, meeting my best friends, performing as the Principal Violinist in Western’s chamber orchestra, serving the community through the Fall and MLK Days of Service, and helping to put on Western’s first International Women’s Day celebration.

What most excites you about your major?

The thing about Communication Arts that excites me most is the opportunity to make sure that all people are being included in societal conversations, whether that be through social media advertisements or information campaigns. The idea of building community through communication is one that influences everything I do. I love helping others find the best way to share their message and believe that everyone has an important story. If everyone could communicate clearly and effectively, there would be more empathy and understanding, which could only lead to positive change. I hope to use my major to help influence some of those changes by lobbying for more intercultural and bilingual communication and more diverse advertising tactics.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

One of my favorite things about the Gunnison Valley is the sense of community. Whether I’m hiking a trail up Ohio Pass, eating breakfast at the W, or walking through campus, there is always someone ready with a smile or a kind greeting. It’s easy to find someone to hang out at Blue Mesa or study at Mocha’s with because it seems to me that people in the Valley thrive off of human connection.