Top 10 CU Denver Stories in 2021



CU Denver News and our Lynx community saw many more Happy Stories in 2021 than the year before. Thanks to science-based safety measures, CU Denver has largely returned to in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Many students, faculty and staff were back on campus, which was even nicer with the new Lynx Crossing Residence Hall and Learning Commons. We’ve also added a wonderful selfie spot with our new larger-than-life Lynx statue. But the year has not been without tragedies and the loss of members of our beloved Lynx community, including SEHD Dean Rebecca Kantor. Their good deeds inspire us to keep their memories alive through continued progress at CU Denver. See the selection below for the most important and most clicked stories of 2021.

On June 17, Chancellor Marks presented the CU’s Board of Regents to the Strategic Plan 2030, a major repositioning of CU Denver into a public urban research university that works for all: learners of all kinds and at all stages of life, industries and employers who need talent ready to go, and communities requiring new solutions and discoveries. “CU Denver 2030: Make Education Work for All” contains big, bold ideas, including the aspiration to be the nation’s premier equity-serving institution and the desire to be a “university for life” that responds. continuously to the needs of learners and employers. -on a lifetime.

CU Denver campus with message

The University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus became the first research university in the state to achieve Institutional Serving Hispanics (HSI) status, according to a designation from the US Department of Education in October. To be eligible for this status, a university must have full-time undergraduate enrollment comprised of at least 25% Hispanic students and demonstrate a high concentration of students eligible for Pell Grants. In practice, this public recognition by the federal government helps provide opportunities for additional grants to further support services for Hispanic students, as well as infrastructure improvements that benefit the university as a whole.

Displaced Aurarians on Campus
Nick (Juju) Arguello, front and center, with his extended family at an altar ceremony at his childhood home in historic Ninth Street.

On November 4, Nick (Juju) Arguello was one of dozens of former Aurarians and descendants of Aurarian families attending a ceremony at St. Cajetan Church, minutes from his childhood home. The event was hosted by CU Denver to honor the expansion of the Moved Aurarian Fellowship, approved by the CU Board of Regents that day. Under the new resolution, CU Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) and Community College of Denver (CCD) will provide tuition-free education to all direct descendants of Auraires who lived in the district from 1955 to 1973.


US News & World Report released its 2022 ranking of top colleges, naming CU Denver as the top performing school for social mobility. CU Denver is officially ranked 1st in Colorado and 55e in the nation in social mobility. Having rated 106e in 2021, the jump shows the university’s commitment to making higher education accessible to all, a central objective of the 2030 Strategic Plan.

Dean Rebecca Kantor

On Thursday, April 22, the CU Denver community learned that School of Education & Human Development Dean Rebecca Kantor, EdD, had died of a terminal illness. A forward-thinking, influential and tireless champion of education, Dean Kantor served the university for nearly a decade, touching the lives of countless students, faculty and staff. Dean Kantor has developed a solid career as an early childhood educator, researcher, teacher training professor, educational policy reformer, and administrator of a public university. Since arriving at CU Denver in 2012, she has led the continued transformation of the School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) into an innovative school that provides contemporary, responsive and flexible preparation for educators, counselors and researchers.

City heights

City Heights Residence Hall and Learning Commons isn’t just a new dorm, it’s a change for CU Denver. It is a space where freshmen will live together for the first time in the history of the university. A space where they will study together in shared nooks, cook together in shared kitchenettes and maintain lasting friendships. It is a space where all University of Denver students will receive academic support through hands-on services such as math and statistics support, writing center, and learning resource center. It is a space where students, professors and staff will connect over a meal in the new dining room or take in the fresh air in a spacious park-like courtyard. The university’s first on-campus housing dedicated to freshmen officially opened on August 12.

Photo collage with Anthony Graves, Monique Snowden and Constancio Nakuma, with a photo by CU Denver

Three seasoned luminaries of higher education will soon join the ranks of CU Denver’s leadership team, bringing more than 80 years of experience in deep and varied education. These positions will focus on leading academic innovation and advancement, improving student success, and strengthening strategic partnerships, preparing CU Denver for lasting success. In recent weeks, the university has announced Constancio Nakuma, PhD, as Rector and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Monique L. Snowden, PhD, as Senior Vice Chancellor for Enrollment strategic and student success, and Anthony E. Graves as the first Managing Director of Partnerships and Innovation.

Chancellor Marks with student

Chancellor Michelle Marks joined CU Denver during one of the most difficult years in modern history. A global pandemic. Social injustice. Political unrest. Under his leadership CU Denver has persevered and plans are well underway for a full return to campus this fall. As Marks reflects on the past year, she is optimistic that CU Denver will use the lessons learned to move forward into an even more innovative, inclusive and excellent institution.

COVID-19 vaccination record

This summer, fearing that COVID-19 vaccination rates might be insufficient to control the virus, states across the country began using what was then seen as a new tactic to ramp up gunfire – big draws in species that you could participate in by getting vaccinated. While these lotteries were a seemingly alluring method, a one-of-a-kind study shows that these efforts, which took place in 19 different states, didn’t do much in terms of increasing vaccination rates. The researchers suggest that other methods, such as better messaging about the benefits of vaccination, might have been more effective. “Statistically speaking, our research indicates a disappointing result, that there was no significant association between a cash withdrawal announcement and the number of vaccinations given after the due date. announcement, “said Andrew Friedson, PhD, associate professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver.

COVID-19 model

The University of Colorado at Denver is proud to announce the recipients of the CU Denver 2021 Pandemic Research and Creative Activities Award. The strength and diversity of our research community – a talent pool of economists, chemists, policy specialists, urban planners, bioengineers and more – made it difficult to narrow our list. Each of the nominees called on their expertise to fight the aspects of the pandemic that affect our daily lives. “In an ongoing global pandemic, local research through a local lens will further help shape our persistence and protection going forward,” said Martin Dunn, dean of the College of Engineering, Design and Computing and director of research acting. He and his team at the Office of Research Services read over 50 applications to make their selection.



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