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2012 UW IBOA Award for Excellence

August 14, 2012

Ahmed Mohammed, a native of Nigeria, arrived at the University of Wyoming in the Fall of 2011 and has made his mark on internationalization ever since.  With a major in mechanical engineering and a minor in economics, Ahmed is a scholar with a passion for enhancing cultural understanding at the Univeristy of Wyoming.  He has become a voice for diversity and an ambassador of the cultural contributions of the Wyoming international student population.

As an active member of the Wyoming African Student Association (WASA), Engineers Without Borders, and the Muslim Student Organization, Ahmed has volunteered for numerous campus activities focused on enhancing Wyoming students’ understanding of international and cultural issues.  He has participated in the annual Ramadan dinner, the Soccer Fiesta, International Education Week, and is one of the members of the lauded WASA Drumming Group.  He is the ex-officio representative of the United Multicultural Council to the Associated Students  of the University of Wyoming, the student government of UW, and is the Secretary of the Entrepreneurs for Organizing and Networking group on campus. 

Ahmed has also taken an active interest in developing his leadership skills in order to increase the impacts of his efforts to promote global understanding in Wyoming.  He volunteered for the intensive two-semester Multicultural Student Leadership Initiative (MSLI) program, which is designed to assist first-year UW students to excel in the classroom and to become campus leaders.  In this program, he has participated in numerous leadership development activities, including designing a seminar for incoming students to assist in their transition to college and spearheading a Halloween-themed food and supply drive last fall.  He also participates in the Student Leadership and Civic Engagement program’s Stand Out Leadership Development Series.

Ahmed has a deep and genuine commitment to, in the words of one nominator, “increasing interaction and mutual respect between the domestic and international student communities,” at UW.  His efforts have made Ahmed stand out as an exceptional contributor to UW and the internationalization efforts in Wyoming.


Article courtesy of The Univeristy of Wyoming International Board of Advisors

Photo: (Left to Right) Dean Rob Ettema, Ahmed A. Balgoun Mohammed &

Anne Alexander, Director, Office of International Programs

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