SAN MARCOS, TEXAS— Jaime Chahin, dean of the College of Applied Arts at Southwest Texas State University, recently received the prestigious OTHLI award from the Mexican Ministry of Foreigner Affairs.
“The OTHLI award recognizes people or institutions that have distinguished themselves in different areas of culture, history, public policy and rights of immigrants that have a significant impact on the understanding of Mexico,” according to consulate information.
The Consul General of Mexico Francisco Javier Alejo, upon bestowing the award, described Chahin’s career and civic duties as representative of the meaning of the word OTHLI, which is enlightened path or journey in the Nahualt language.
Speaking in both English and Spanish, Chahin accepted the award amidst a large crowd of friends and supporters, saying, “As a first-generation American, I have a responsibility to be an American citizen dedicated to furthering all citizens.”
He said that throughout his career he has focused his efforts on four guiding principles: innovation, inclusion, opportunity and values.
Chahin graduated from Texas A&I University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology. He received his master and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. Chahin has been with SWT since 1988.
Chahin served as producer of the documentary film “The Forgotten Americans,” which was shown nationally on PBS and won the National Council on Family Relations Annual Media Award for Contemporary Social Issues.
He has served on governing boards for the Texas Healthy Kids Corporation, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Texas Guaranteed Student loan Corporation, the Kellogg Foundation National Advisory Committee for Encouraging Latino Communities for Education and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for Master Teachers advisory board.