Mountaineers Without Borders
Established in Spring of 2022, Mountaineers Without Borders (MWB) is a student-led club at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. MWB aims to “broaden students’ views and enhance abilities through real-world projects” and “develop student and community leaders” with a philanthropic mindset. MWB fosters a mix of local and global projects to bring engineered and designed solutions to community problems. As a club, we are committed to developing our abilities to communicate, research, problem solve, design, and implement a variety of solutions for our partner community. The club is surrounded by experienced and dedicated Western faculty and Gunnison community members who are able to help support student effort.
For the 2022-23 academic year, MWB will host a variety of local projects to benefit our Gunnison Valley community. We are also planning for an international project in Colombia. MWB is partnering with Diversa, a Colombian-based organization that pairs communities throughout South America with organizations around the world in order to co-design and implement practical solutions. Throughout this year, MWB will work in partnership with two different communities in Colombia to understand and define a recognized problem, develop solutions, design, protype, and test. In May 2023, MWB will travel as a club for onsite implementation of our co-designed solution.
MWB relies solely on university and donor funding to operate. We will be fundraising throughout the year in order to support our May implementation trip, as well as future club projects. MWB and the communities we work with appreciate any and all financial (or other) support from the community. For any questions, or for more information about Mountaineers Without Borders, please contact:
  • President – Joshua Clyncke – joshua.clyncke@western.edu
  • Vice-President – Grace Borden – grace.borden@western.edu
  • Faculty Advisor – Dr. Lauren Cooper – lauren.cooper@colorado.edu
You can also read more about MWB in a recent Top O’ The World newspaper article.