TIAA Chancellor's Urban Engaged Scholars

Today is World Cities Day, and these scholars are making Denver a better place to live

October 31, 2019

October 31 is more than just Halloween. As World Cities Day, it is also a day to focus on a global future and the growing need for cities to address the challenges of urbanization. Over half of the world now lives in urban environments, and that population will double by 2050. The Denver region, too, is predicted to grow by more than one million people, or roughly 33%, over the next 30 years.

Part of the United Nations’ Urban October initiative, World Cities Day 2019 celebrates the theme of “Changing the world: innovations and better life for future generations.” Presented by CityCenter, the TIAA Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholars at CU Denver share in that mission to create a better future for cities through practical urban research. Alongside CityCenter’s Imagine a Great Region initiative, these faculty researchers exemplify the true spirit of CU in the City.

Through community outreach and urban-focused research with real-world impact, the Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholars seek to foster new opportunities amid a changing urban landscape. From fighting gentrification to demonstrating the health impacts of social connectedness, the work of each of these researchers extends far beyond campus.

Watch the video below to meet the Scholars.

  • Francisco Conejo, PhD, Senior Instructor of Marketing, Business School
  • Andrew Guerrero, Instructor of Music & Entertainment Industry Studies, College of Arts & Media
  • Antwan Jefferson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Relations, School of Education & Human Development
  • Jeremy Németh, PhD, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Architecture and Planning
  • Kevin Rens, PhD, Professor of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Design and Computing
  • Esther Sullivan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Danielle Varda, PhD, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, School of Public Affairs