At CU Denver, we study, teach, and work at a special place rooted in deep history. From the Indigenous Peoples who first settled here to the Aurarians who built a thriving neighborhood starting in the 1870s, we must honor those who came before us.  

And we are. As we approach the 50th Anniversary of CU Denver’s founding in 2023, we also mark the same anniversary of the displacement of our former Aurarian neighbors. 

Building on our progress to expand the Displaced Aurarian Scholarship Program, we are embarking on an important project with our AHEC partners to preserve and renovate historic homes along Ninth Street—as well as define their usage— as one important way to honor and celebrate our history as we build our collective future. 

For CU Denver, this critical work is being facilitated by Nolbert Chavez, an alum, our chief of external initiatives, and a CU Regent. 

Snow on Ninth Street

AHEC CEO Colleen Walker, CU Denver Chancellor Michelle Marks, former Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero, CU Regent Nolbert Chavez, and CU Denver SGA President Chris Hilton attend the Nov. 4 ceremony at St. Cajetan’s Church to honor the expansion of the Displaced Aurarian Scholarship.

Ninth Street Home

The Centennial House along Ninth Street will be among the first homes to be reimagined as part of this project.

We will continue to provide updates, milestones, and opportunities for community engagement as the project evolves. 

News & Information


Expanding Our Commitment to Our Aurarian Past & Future

Families of displaced Aurarians, in front of a historical row home on 9th St.

Honoring Displaced Aurarians and Their Families, Now and Into the Future


About the Displaced Aurarian Scholarship Program

9th Street row homes in Auraria, circa 1969

Denver’s Oldest Neighborhood Was Destroyed (Denver Post)