Mexican government honors UC Davis Health faculty member with prestigious award
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, director of the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, has received a prestigious award from the Mexican government for his work in advocating for the rights of Mexican nationals in the United States.
The recognition – known as the Ohtli Award – is the highest honor granted by the Mexican government to individuals who have dedicated their lives to improving the well-being of Mexicans, Mexican Americans and other Latinos abroad.
The award was presented Thursday at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento during a physically distanced, yet intimate ceremony attended by Aguilar-Gaxiola’s family, friends, coworkers, associates, consular staff and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
“If you are fortunate enough,” Consul General Liliana Ferrer said, “you will run into truly extraordinary people – like Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola – that change and impact the lives of others in the most special, relevant and beautiful ways, with empathy, specialized knowledge in his field and unconditional and remarkable kindness for his fellow human being when he or she is in most desperate and urgent need.”
More than 700 people have received the Ohtli, which means “pathway” in Náhuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Among the recipients are members of Congress, athletes and actors including Eva Longoria.