Ubuntu: I am a person through other people. My humanity is tied to yours (Zulu Proverb).
Ubuntu is a South African term that I came to appreciate during my service year. There is no such word in the English language that fully conveys the magnitude of Ubuntu. It is a deep connection to humanity itself. I was incredibly fortunate to take a service year before medical school. Through my experiences of working in a underserved school, I’ve gained invaluable knowledge about social justice issues that impact our society. I want to share insight I’ve gained in order to foster a socially conscious community of future healthcare professionals that seek to build an equitable future for people through medical care.
“Bringing people together is what I call ‘ubuntu,’ which means ‘I am because we are.’ Far too often people think of themselves as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.”
– Desmond Tutu