Dr. Salvador Carranza Received the Prestigious Ohtli Award from the Government of Mexico: Following the Righteous Way


Julián Adem, Cónsul de Mexico (l-r) confers The Ohtli Award on Dr. Salvador Carranza at La Movida’s Viva Mexico celebration on September 19 at Breeze Stevens Field.

By Jonathan Gramling

Dr. Salvador Carranza has devoted his life to work and causes that uplift the Latino community and beyond. While his paid job is as a senior policy analyst for University of Wisconsin Systems, he also worked to bring the mobile Mexican consulate to Madison on occasion so that Mexican residents didn’t have to travel to Chicago to get official government business taken care of. Carranza pushed to have dual language immersion in the Madison public Schools and was one of the founders of the Latino Education Council

Carranza has also served on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County and on the State Superintendent’s Equity Stakeholder Council and serves as the treasurer of Adelante. Carranza has been involved in numerous other endeavors.

Carranza’s long-term dedication and hard work was not lost on the Mexican government. And on September 19 at La Movida’s Viva Mexico celebration, Carranza was presented with The Othli Award by Julian Adem, the Cónsul de Mexico based in Milwaukee.

“Dr. Carranza received the greatest honor the Government of Mexico gives to one of its citizens abroad,” Adem said later. “In this case, it’s called The Ohtli Award. Ohtli is a word from the language, which the Aztecs spoke and millions of Mexicans still speak today, Nahuatl. Ohtli is the word for The Way. In other words and more precisely as it has been interpreted by translators, it means The Righteous Way. Dr. Salvador Carranza is being honored for following in a moral and social sense, a righteous way towards his fellow human beings. He has been helping people from his earliest youth as a community dentist, first in Mexico. Then he got a master’s degree, as we understand, specialized in community dentistry, which is rare. Most dentists just want to sit down and drill you and charge you. We know that Dr. Carranza came to the United States and kept on studying. He got a master’s and a Ph.D., always in the fields of public education. We know that he has used his great knowledge to promote programs in favor of Mexicans, programs offered by the U.S. government or the state of Wisconsin and of course the ones we offer by the Government of Mexico in its location in Milwaukee since 2016.”


The Ohtli Award is something that is highly coveted and rarely awarded. Not just anyone qualifies for the award.

“The Ohtli is only given maybe 10-15 times per year, even less, from the 50 plus consulates that we have,” Adem emphasized. “We were very honored that Dr. Carranza was selected. I put forth Dr. Carranza as a candidate. It was analyzed by a high-level committee in Mexico City at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After months of deliberating, the verdict came through and they said Dr. Carranza is the guy. He receives the Ohtli Award. It is unique for Wisconsin. He is the second individual from the state of Wisconsin. We are very careful on whom we select.”

Dr. Salvador Carranza has followed The Righteous Way ever since he has lived in Madison. He is a righteous man indeed.

Home Heating Fiction and Facts

From: Madison Gas and Electric

Fiction: It costs as much or more to heat a home back up after a setback.

Fact: The longer your house remains at the lower temperature, the more heat you save.

Fiction: The house will warm up faster the higher the thermostat is raised.

Fact: The thermostat isn't like the gas pedal on a car. It's either calling for heat or not, so setting the thermostat too high may cause you to overshoot the desired temperature.

Fiction: The kids will kick off the covers and get cold.

Fact: Children older than about two weeks can regulate their body temperature just like adults, so they don't need any different temperature than adults. If they kick off the covers, try dressing them in two sets of pajamas with feet or using a sleeping bag.

Energy-saving benefits

  • For your heating bills: By setting back just 3°F, you could save $74 per heating season. Bigger setbacks save even more.
  • For our community: If we all set back our thermostats by 1°F this winter, we could save enough gas for 3,100 homes.

Madison Gas and Electric recommends 68°F* when you're home and 55°F* when you're gone or sleeping.

*Or as low as health permits. Check the owner's manual if turning down the temperature for more than 24 hours.