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Bellevue University President to Receive Prestigious Ohtli Award

September 24, 2020

Bellevue University President Dr. Mary Hawkins has been named the 2020 recipient of the Ohtli Award, one of the highest awards given by the Government of Mexico to those who work with the Mexican community abroad.

Mary Hawkins

The Ohtli Award is presented to individuals who have distinguished themselves by dedicating their professional lives to advancing the prosperity of Mexican-American and Latino communities and opening pathways that improve the quality of life of the immigrant population. The term Ohtli refers to the Nahuatl word for "path" and acknowledges individuals outside of Mexico who have helped pave the way for others.

Dr. Hawkins is one of the few non-Hispanic recipients of the Ohtli Award nationwide. She is being recognized for efforts to expand educational opportunities to benefit Mexican youth and adults and improve the quality of their work and family lives.

"Dr. Mary Hawkins has walked the road, the path, always looking for ways to build bridges of support and understanding between diverse cultures."
- Guadalupe Sánchez Salazar, Head Consul of the Consulate of Mexico in Omaha
Sánchez Salazar cited Dr. Hawkins' ongoing advocacy for the Mexican and Hispanic communities, including spearheading outreach and scholarships for Omaha's South Omaha Hispanic community; and providing staffing for the Consulate's Educational Orientation Window to help advance the Mexican community; and supporting IME-Becas, a Consulate scholarship program for Hispanic students living in the United States.

"I have been inspired by Guadalupe's work as the Mexican Consul and am very honored to have been nominated for the award. I am truly overwhelmed to be the recipient," said Dr. Hawkins.

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