UBUNTU - Leaders in Lancaster

Growing Leaders | Building Communities

UBUNTU Brochure“I am who I am because of who we all are.” Do you believe that? The team at Ubuntu Leaders in Lancaster (ULL) does.

The statement above is a definition of the ancient African word “Ubuntu” as described by ULL. Launched out of Millersville University’s Learning Institute, the mission of this new community-based program is centered on that word, the first in its title. The team at ULL believes that term comes to life by interacting with and serving others for the benefit of one’s community.

No one is more capable of facilitating local and global change than the youth. As a result of extensive research and preparation, ULL has developed a program specifically designed for individuals in seventh through 12th grade who attend school in Lancaster County and want to make a difference in their communities. ULL aims to help these individuals enhance compassion skills, develop leadership abilities, advocate social justice and foster global citizenry.

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Interested in Participating? 

Who Can Participate: Anyone in grades 7-12th who attend school in Lancaster County

Day/Time: Mondays from 4-5:30 p.m.


Location: Ware Center, 42N. Prince Street, Lancaster.

Register: In order for your son/daughter to participate in the Ubuntu Leaders in Lancaster program, the parent/guardian and the youth will need to fill out this four-part online form below. Complete one form per youth. Thank you.

Any questions, please feel free to contact LearningInstitute@millersville.edu

Ubuntu Registration Form

Ubuntu Registration Form

In order for your son/daughter to participate in the Ubuntu Leaders in Lancaster program, you will both need to fill out this four part online form. Complete one form per youth. Thank you.

Any questions, please feel free to contact LearningInstitute@millersville.edu

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  • Contact Us

    The Learning Institute:
    Global Well-Being and Social Change

    Karen Rice, Department Chair of Social Work at Millersville University
    (717) 871-5297

    internRasheed Osman, Learning Institute Intern, raosman@millersville.edu

    Rasheed Osman is a senior at the Millersville University of Pennsylvania Millersville, majoring in Social Work. His area of interest is researching best practices to supports people with intellectual disabilities. Driven by the passion for supporting people with intellectual disabilities and their families, Rasheed has completed internships with the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs (ODP), Bell socialization services, and Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). He is also An ODP certified Support Broker. In addition, he is an educational support coach for the Integrated Studies at Millersville University. Rasheed is interning with the Learning Institute Center for Advancing Justice and Human Rights, leading the Ubuntu Leaders Fellows Program and Documentary and Dialogue SeriesRasheed aspires to pursue a master’s degree program in social work and emergency management, have a career in social work, and write a grant for social services agencies. Behind the scenes, he enjoys fishing and playing video games.

    internJenny Oravecz, Learning Institute Intern, jmoravec@millersville.edu

    Hello! I’m Jenny Oravecz (she/her/hers) and I’m a returning student to Millersville University. I graduated with my BA in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies in 2002. I’m really excited to be back, now pursuing my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree! Since graduating in 2002, I enjoyed an interesting career in the healthcare industry working mostly in non-clinical regulatory capacities. In early 2020, I took the leap and left my corporate career to pursue my next chapter: tying together my passion for social justice and my commitment to anti-racism. The academic knowledge I will obtain through the MSW program, as well as the professional experience through field work/internships, will equip me to engage in life’s work that is focused on sustainable and positive change. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking (and eating), appreciating nature and her abundant beauty in every season, practicing meditation, mindfulness and yoga and dancing (all kinds!). I love music and have an affinity for classical music. I’d love to hear who your favorite Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and/or Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) composers are. I am grateful for the opportunity to be an MSW-Intern with The Learning Institute this year, and look forward to partnering with you on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives!