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June 15, 2019
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Michele Halyard Listed as "Mogul of Medicine" in Phoenix Magazine's Great 48


When Michele Halyard was 5, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, she survived, and the experience motivated Halyard to become a radiation oncologist and to co-found the Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer. “I’m passionate about patient care,” she says. “My research centers on quality of life in cancer patients; that’s what I’ve devoted my life to.” Now Halyard is channeling that passion into her position as dean of Mayo Clinic’s 2-year-old Arizona medical school. “Mayo’s primary value is ‘The best interest of the patient,’” Halyard explains. “Our guiding philosophy is ‘The best interest of the student.’” Students are supported by academic, mental health and wellness coaches. In turn, they’re passing on the passion by starting a clinic to serve refugees.

Read full article courtesy of Phoenix Magazine here.

Archon and Archousa Umphrey Scholarship Foundation

Gregory L. Umphrey

Archon and  Archousa  Umphrey have started a foundation to provide scholarships to medical students from African-American / Black, Latinx, and Native American backgrounds to cover the significant cost of attending medical school.  Today was the launch day of the foundation website and the start of something great for minorities in medicine.  Please support and support the  organization web site located here.

More about ElevateMeD:

ElevateMeD, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a Board of Directors that was developed out of the need to elevate medicine to an ideal where the physician workforce racially and ethnically represents the community served.  The cost of medical education in the United States has become prohibitive, distracting bright students from seeking a career in medicine. Medical students from racial and ethnic backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in medicine are facing unprecedented levels of indebtedness, stifling their future career choices.  The ElevateMeD Scholars program will provide significant financial assistance to medical students while providing them access to mentorship, leadership training, and financial management education. ElevateMeD Scholars will become the next generation of physician leaders, well poised to continue the cycle of philanthropy and dedication to community.  The first set of scholars will be selected in 2020.

Racial Equity In 2020 Census Explored By Georgetown Provost, Other Experts

May 1, 2019 – The importance of racial equity in the 2020 census was the subject of an expert panel discussion yesterday, moderated by Georgetown Provost Robert Groves, former United States Census Bureau director.

The panel comprised Beth Lynk, Census Counts Campaign director for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change; and Gary Bass, executive director of the Bauman Foundation.

Photo from left, Beth Lynk, Rashad Robinson and Gary Bass talk about racial equity and the 2020 Census, in a panel discussion moderated by Georgetown's provost and former U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert Groves.

Groves, who oversaw the 2010 U.S. Census, noted that people of color and those residing in poorer urban areas or sparsely populated rural areas are typically undercounted, which the panelists found problematic.

“If communities of color miss out on representation and resources they deserve, that’s a civil rights issue and something we’ll be catching up with over the next 10 years,” Lynk said.

Robinson suggested that the best way to get people to participate in the census is to have their trusted neighbors approach them.

People need to see census advocates that come from within the community, he said.

“The people closest to the problem are closest to the solution,” Robinson explained.

You can also find addition resources on the 2020 Census at the links below:


2020 Census Race Counts from CPNL, Georgetown University on Vimeo.

Archon Gentles Appointed to the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee

Karl E. Gentles

Congratulations are in order for one of our own, Archon Karl Gentles who recently made history by winning an appointment to the powerful Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, and integral committee of the Arizona Corporation Commission.  Archon Gentles will represent the general public on the statewide committee. The two-year term is effective immediately through March 12, 2021.

Archon Gentles appointment marks the first time that an African-American has ever held a seat on this prestigious committee since its inception in 1971 by the Arizona Legislature. Moreso, Archon Gentles was voted into this position by a 4-1 vote of the Corporation Commission, winning by an overwhelming majority, and defeating the Republican candidate of the Republican dominated committee. Corporation Commissioner Honorable Sandra D. Kennedy-Burton, who is an Archousa nominated our worthy Archon based on his community services and his continued interest in the growth our state. This latest elevation leaves no doubt that he is a man on the move. 

The Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee provides a single forum for the expeditious resolution of all matters concerning the location of electric generating plants and transmission lines in a single proceeding to which access will be open to interested and affected individuals, groups, county and municipal governments and other public bodies to participate in these decisions. In general, the Committee has jurisdiction on proposed plants generating 100 megawatts or more; and proposed above-ground transmission lines designed for 115kv or higher.

Archon Gentles is a highly sought after speaker and panelist and this election bodes further evidence of his integrity and the respect that he has in the Phoenix community and Arizona in general. He is a Past Sire Archon of Gamma Mu Boule and currently an active member, of Sigma Pi Phi. Archon Gentles is a partner at Goode Wright Gentles, and the Executive Director of the Back to School Clothing Drive, a non-profit that helps provide clothing, shoes and school supplies to underprivileged children throughout Phoenix. In addition to serving on the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, he serves on the boards of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University, Maricopa Integrated Health Systems Audit and Finance Committee, Grand Canyon University’s Honors College and Business College Advisory Boards.

Cudos to Archon Gentles and good fortune going forward as he continues into previously unchartered areas affording equal protection and benefits to everyone invested in Arizona's future. Thank you, Archon Gentles.

Archon M C. Burton, Jr.