Margins to Medicine

Happy Fathers Day, to my angel in the sky.

As I sit here and reflect on such a powerful day on the legacy my father has left in our world, I feel overwhelmed about the amount of opportunity and sacrifice he and my family had to undergo. There was never a dull moment with him and always was so wise and open-minded. 

One day, I remember we had pulled up on a stoplight and there was a white man with a sign asking for money. Before, every interaction I had when I was in the same instance I was just taught to assume not to make eye contact or even smile at them, deep inside feeling so conflicted as a little boy, starting to think I was de-humanizing others because of their socioeconomic status. But my dad was different. He drove by, smiled at the man, and gave him some money. I was in disbelief, I asked him how and why did you even look at him or why did you even give him money when you could have just gave it to me! 

He laughed, and told me, "my son, I was him when I first came to this country in the hope to give you a better life. Granted I didn't stand by the streets and ask for money, I tried to clean windows, I know what it's like to live on the streets. Also, it doesn't cost a dime to be kind, he is also another human in this world."

Thank you dad, for teaching me one of the most valuable lessons as a child. Today, I write this down because this is something I would have loved to talk to you about. I wish I could sit down with you again, dissect your thoughts, perspectives, and experiences to learn more and more from you. But I know that what I learn, is something that I want to make sure I can share with everyone else because I know that is what you have wanted me to do. 

For those who don't know me, my name is William Mundo, and I am mostly known by my peers as Mundo. My pronouns are He/Him/His. I am a first-generation American grown, with roots from Mexico as the son of two immigrants from Acapulco, Guerrero.  

As a result, I am a first-generation student in our higher education system. I am the oldest brother and the oldest cousin in my family generation. I was born in urban East Los Angeles, California, however, raised in the rural mountains of Leadville, Colorado. On top of having a burning passion for the advancement in medicine and public health sciences, I equally value diversity, equity, and inclusion. I have an appreciation for civic discourse, social justice, history, and politics.

I like to spend time with my family or spending it outdoors, writing poetry, mixing music, and playing basketball. I earned a BS in Public Health and a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of Colorado Denver. I also recently received an MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health. And I am currently in the midst of my medical training as a third-year medical student. 

Like you, believe it or not, we are in an unprecedented time in our human existence. Whether we are talking about the COVID-19 Pandemic that shook our earth personally, economically, and spiritually, the hundred years of systemic pathologic insults people most recently exemplified by the constant killing of humans, to the constant battle to understand our identities while protecting our sacred earth and its finite rich resources that have been exploited for centuries, the time is now. I don't know what another way I can give back but to write a book for you.  

My book is about going from the margins of society to becoming a healer of humanity as a first-generation American student. Growing up as a son of two Mexican immigrants there have been several unique challenges and experiences that have resulted in my professional and scholarly pursuits in the realms of science, policy public health equity, civic engagement, and critical race theory. This book will critically analyze the subtle complexities of being a first-generation student while pursuing the American dream, while also describing reasons for hope for the next generation. This book will be informed by personal, cultural, and scientific experiences. I hope to be able to distill the two bachelor degrees, one master's degree and, my doctoral degree to inform this book. I will demonstrate theories and evidence-based medicine as it relates to specific examples in my life.

1. Writing a book takes time and MONEY, please donate anything, even five dollars (what you spend on coffee every morning) would help to get this idea off the ground and hopefully reach the people it needs to reach. 
2. Donate to other things you believe in, we are in dire times. Support what you stand for. 
3. Be kind, be compassionate, be patient, with others. Love trumps hate always. 

IF YOU DONATE $10 - I will add you to my BOOK LAUNCH TEAM, which means that you will have exclusive access to my book before I publish it. You will have the opportunity to read some of it before it gets released so you can leave a REVIEW on the book to see how you like it and if you learned anything new. I will also get you a special book with your name in it, to show my appreciation for you to contribute to this collective world movement. 

In Solidarity, 

Soon to be Dr. William Mundo aka Dr. Willy World  Contact Me 
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William Mundo
Aurora, CO

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