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MBA student fosters inclusive environment at WVU, recognized by ISO

Dollar Agbemadon award

Whether it is through music or just simply a kind act, Dollar Agbemadon goes out of his way to encourage and strengthen the diverse and inclusive culture on the West Virginia University campus. And recently, the MBA graduate student was recognized by the WVU International Student Organization for his outstanding efforts to promote understanding between the community and international students.

Agbemadon is a native of Accra, Ghana. He earned his undergraduate degree in management from the WVU College of Business and Economics in 2015. Now, as a graduate student, he says he can remember what it was like embarking on this journey in a place where he didn’t know anyone.

“I like to help people assimilate. I was in their shoes when I first got to campus. When you travel to a new city, you can feel alone or out of place,” he said. “If I can contribute to helping people feel at home, I am happy to accept that responsibility.”

Becky McDaniel, program coordinator for International Student & Scholar Services in the Office of Global Affairs, said Agbemadon has been nominated to receive this award for several years and the International Student Organization decided as a committee that it was time to show appreciation from his fellow students and professors.

“The International Student Organization gives this award — not the University. Our international students value those on campus and in the community that go above and beyond to welcome them to campus and Morgantown,” McDaniel said. “This is how we can keep the university phrase ‘One WVU’ around for future generations.”

Agbemadon is also very involved on campus. He is a graduate assistant in the WVU Center for Executive Education and a member of the WVU Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. He is an entrepreneur and a familiar sound on campus— also known as DJ Dollar — serving as the DJ for many events across the WVU campus.

In the nominations for this award, Agbemadon’s fellow students mentioned his passion, self-motivation, leadership and guidance as an entrepreneur within the WVU community. “There are more and more international students pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams because we draw inspiration and guidance from DJ Dollar,” the nominations read. “He’s always there to give business advice and guidance on how to start and manage a brand while still in school.”