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November 15, 2019
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GMES “Pathways” Speakers Series

Lee R. Topps

Speaker series live photoGamma Mu Educational Services, Inc. (GMES) is celebrating our sixth year of partnering with Grand Canyon University in presenting a series of professional career “Pathways” information sessions for students. This partnership with GCU provides students with the opportunity to hear directly from, and engage with, accomplished professionals in their respective fields of expertise.

We have just completed the second in our “Pathways to..” series for this academic year and the sessions have received raved reviews. We have had an average attendance of over 40 students who attend because of some level of interest in the respective career field.

Session one: Pathways to Medical Professions

speaker series session photoPanel:

  • Archousa Gina Bowser
  • Archon Ray Burden
  • Archon Ahmed Collins
  • Archon Don Godbold
  • Archon Larry Leverett
  • Archon Ron Thompson
  • Archon Darren Wethers, Facilitator

Session two: Pathways to Legal Professions


  • Archousa Kelli Williams
  • Archon Cecil Patterson
  • Archon Karl Gentles
  • Archon Lee Topps, Facilitator

A special thanks to the Archons and Archousai who have given of their time and talents to support this valuable and increasingly popular program. We are making a difference in the lives of young people in our community.

Thank You!!

Lee Topps, Chairman
Gamma Mu Educational Services, Inc.
November 7, 2019

I'm Running For Congress


Today I’m announcing that I will be running for Congress in 2020 to serve Arizona’s 6thCongressional District.

My life has been about giving back to my community, and now I want to direct my focus and energy to doing even more for Arizona in Congress.

I’ve been getting things done on education and economic development in Arizona for years, and those are two things not talked about in DC often enough.

Arizonans showed us in 2018 that they’re ready for a leader who reflects our changing population and values, and that’s why I believe I’m the right leader at the right time to represent this District.

As the leader of Back to School Clothing Drive, I’ve helped make a difference in the lives of more than 250,000 elementary public school children by supporting their basic needs to help them achieve success in school.

As a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and later the USAA leadership teams, I played a role in the USAA corporate announcement and expansion, one of the largest job creation projects in the past two decades. That project resulted in the creation of 3,000 jobs and the development of the one million plus square foot corporate campus in the northwest section of the district.

Growing up in an Air Force family, I traveled the world and lived in many different places throughout my youth. That experience allowed me to build a foundation in being able to relate to people from different backgrounds, and that’s what I think we need more of in our leadership today. I believe in doing what’s right above adhering to political ideology.

There is too much focus in Washington on fighting and not enough focus on results that improve local Arizona schools and expand opportunities for everyday people and those who have or want to start a small business. We need to replace the Washington inaction with some common sense and Arizona problem solving. The bottom line is we need a member of Congress who will tirelessly fight for the people of this district.

My campaign will focus on protecting Arizonan families’ ability to have a good life, fighting against policies designed to only benefit special interests, improving the education system and creating new pathways for people to enter the job market and the economy.

If you’re with me, please join my campaign today.




Twitter: @KarlGentles


Are Medical School Admissions Committees Missing the Mark on Diversity?

Kenneth G. Poole Jr.

Article Abstract:

Diversity initiatives in U.S. medical education, following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, were geared towards increasing the representation of African Americans—blacks born in the United States whose ancestors suffered under slavery and Jim Crow laws. Over time, blacks and, subsequently, underrepresented groups in medicine (URMs), became a proxy for African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, and Native Americans, thus obscuring efforts to identify and recruit specifically African Americans. Moreover, demographic shifts resulting from recent immigration of black people from Africa and the Caribbean have both expanded the definition of “African American medical students” and shifted the emphasis from those with a history of suffering under U.S. oppression and poverty to anyone who meets a black phenotype.

Increasingly, research indicates that African American patients fare better when their physicians share similar historical and social experiences. While all people of color risk discrimination based on their skin color, not all have the lived experience of U.S.-based, systematic, multigenerational discrimination shared by African Americans. In the high-stakes effort to increase URM representation in medical school classes, admissions committees may fail to look beyond the surface of phenotype, thus missing the original intent of diversity initiatives while simultaneously conflating all people of color, disregarding their divergent historical and social experiences. In this Perspective, the authors contend that medical school admissions committees must show greater discernment in their holistic reviews of black applicants if historical wrongs and continued underrepresentation of African Americans in medicine are to be redressed.

Download and read article as PDF here.

Phoenix business owner says SBA can do more to help small firms launch

WASHINGTON – A Phoenix business owner told House members Wednesday that the Small Business Administration is doing a better job of giving minority-owned, small businesses a leg up, but that the agency still needs to improve.

The comments by Fortis Networks CEO Clarence McAllister echoed those of other witnesses at a House Small Business Committee oversight hearing that was called to review the SBA’s 8(a) program, which aims to help “disadvantaged” firms with federal contracts.

The hearing comes as participation in the program continues to decline, from 7,000 businesses in 2010 to just 4,900 in 2016, according to committee documents. An SBA plan to boost numbers, in part by streamlining the application process, has been “lackluster,” the documents said.

“The recent decrease in participation in the program has been discouraging, and I hope we can address some of those issues here today,” said Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kan.

Read more courtesy of Cronkite News here.

Two Phoenix Doctors Launch Program To Boost Number Of Minorities Studying Medicine

Gregory L. Umphrey


Two Valley doctors have launched a nonprofit to help boost the number of minorities in medicine. 

The Numbers
As a four-percenter, Dr. Alyx Porter Umphrey is not satisfied.

"Thirteen percent of the U.S. population identifies as black or African American, yet only 4% of physicians identify as black or African American," she said.

Cost is a big deterrent. The nuero-oncologist and her husband, Dr. Gregory Umphrey, graduated from medical school owing half a million dollars in student loans.

Through their nonprofit, ElevateMeD, the founders will provide scholarships, mentoring and financial management education to underrepresented medical students. The mission is to have a physician workforce that reflects the U.S. population.

"When you start to look at the numbers in terms of representation of the physician workforce, 9% identifies as black, LatinX, Native American or Alaska Native," Dr. Porter Umphrey said, "Nine percent."

Read entire article here.

Archon Holton "Now & Then" CD Released

Archon Holton has released a new music CD titled "Now & Then". It includes eight original compositions and two covers. The CD title contrasts Archon Holton's current music compositions (Now) with his early days (Then) as a musician in St. Louis, MO where he led a R&B/Funk band called Nightwind. 

The CD was recorded and produced at Snoring Dog Recording studio here in Phoenix, AZ.

You can download and/or stream the CD to your music library Spotify, Apple iTunes or Amazon.

You can also preview all 10 CD songs using the streaming player below.

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.