The award honors those who help empower the Mexican community abroad
The President of the College of Southern Nevada, Dr. Federico Zaragoza, will receive the prestigious Ohtli Prize from the Mexican government at the annual national conference of the United States’ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce next week in Las Vegas.
The Ohtli Prize is the highest honor given by the Mexican government to an individual or organization who has worked to empower the Mexican community abroad and have helped pave the way for new Mexican-American and Hispanic generations.
âNobody deserves this incredible Ohtli Prize more than Dr. Zaragoza, âsaid Peter Guzman, President of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas. âHe promoted our culture with grace and pride. The Latin Chamber of Commerce congratulates Dr. Zaragoza as his role model for class and dignity. “
Zaragoza, born in Mexico and raised in Laredo, Texas, is a champion for diversity and inclusion at CSN, the largest and most diverse higher education institution in Nevada. He joined CSN in 2018 as the college’s first Hispanic president. He was previously Vice Chancellor of Business and Human Resources Development at Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Texas.
“Dr. Zaragoza is a role model for future generations,” said Luis Gutierrez, director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad. “He was an important Mexican-American and Hispanic leader in Texas and now in Nevada. He also stood in Mexico and its consulates very close to the United States. The Ohtli is a well-deserved recognition of his many contributions to educating and strengthening our communities. “
Dr. Zaragoza was recently appointed to the board of the American Association of Community Colleges and is co-chair of the Board’s Economic and Workforce Development Commission. He is a national professional development expert who has worked closely with NSHE and the Southern Nevada Economic and Personnel Development System to ensure the college is responsive to the needs of students, businesses and industry.
âWhen I got to Las Vegas, everyone advised me to speak to Dr. Zaragoza for his leadership and commitment to the Mexican and Hispanic communities, âsaid Julian Escutia, Consul of Mexico in Las Vegas. âI have seen his remarkable dedication to the ministry, and we have forged a solid partnership to better serve CSN students and their families. We are honored to recognize him and to have him in Las Vegas, paving the way for great progress through education for all residents of Southern Nevada. “
Zaragoza will receive the award on Tuesday at the closing gala of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Conference 2021.
What: 2021 USHCC National Conference Closing Awards Gala
When: Tuesday, September 28th, 7 pm-9pm
Where: Mandalay Bay, Islander Ballroom