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We’ve got exciting news to share since we were last in touch. We are fresh off a wildly successful pilot program that our friends at Outward Bound helped to facilitate; we’re gearing up for the first full year of the Social Justice Alliance that we hope will be a model for universities across the nation; and our Foundation family continues to grow!
Read more below, and please consider sharing this update with three friends who you think might be interested in our work!
Outward Bound Pilot
After lots of hard work, in late September, Outward Bound Chesapeake Bay and the 2nd LT Richard W. Collins III Foundation launched our joint pilot program: Building Bridges. This groundbreaking program connects ROTC Cadets from our partner schools Bowie State University and University of Maryland, College Park which — despite being only a few miles away from each other — have long seemed worlds apart.
During the program’s first activation on September 17th, 40 ROTC students — 20 from Bowie State University and 20 from the University of Maryland — joined at the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School base camp in Baltimore for a full day of team building exercises, shared challenges, and fun on a high ropes course.
With cadets from both schools reveling in the joy of building a new community and camaraderie, this first event of what will be many was a smashing success.
Social Justice Alliance Moving Forward
Last time we were in touch we told you a little bit about the launch of the Social Justice Alliance in Honor of Lt. Richard Collins III. The first-of-its-kind partnership between Bowie State University and University of Maryland, facilitated by our foundation, has made huge progress since its inception, and even since the April 2021 symposium we told you about last time.
Before the new school year kicked off in August, the Social Justice Alliance had what will now be an annual planning meeting. Our Founders, Dawn and Rick Collins, were both present in addition to other key members of our Foundation’s family to discuss objectives for the Alliance to achieve over the coming year. Stay tuned to learn more about events we’d love for you to consider participating in, in addition to the growing impact of this partnership that we hope will be a model for other universities across the country.
Commissioning More Lieutenants!
As you probably know, one of the most rewarding parts of our work here at the 2nd LT Richard W. Collins III Foundation is our interaction with the incredible young men and women who, like Richard, have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service and country by joining ROTC.
There is nothing more important to us than making sure that they feel honored by and welcomed into our Foundation’s family. One of the many ways we do this is by celebrating with them as they transition into their career of service at their ROTC commissioning ceremonies.
In August, Dawn and Rick Collins, were present as the Bowie State Bulldog Battalion commissioned second lieutenants that completed their college degrees over the summer. Every commissioning at Bowie State is especially meaningful for our Founders because, it was there that they watched with great pride as their own son raised his right hand and swore an oathto serve his country.