Maxie Collier

Purpose of the Maxie Collier Program 

To establish and maintain a professional education model which will ensure the selection, preparation, and socialization of promising undergraduate students at Coppin State University for completion of undergraduate and graduate school requirements and placement in professional mental health career positions in the State of Maryland.

More specifically, the charge is to prepare Coppin State University students from the fields of Natural Sciences, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work, with a minimum of two years remaining for completion of undergraduate work, who will be well trained and available to serve seriously emotionally disturbed children, adolescents and their families in the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

The Program is funded by the Maryland State Mental Hygiene Administration. Partners of the Program include the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Mental Hygiene Administration, Coppin State University, University of Maryland at Baltimore, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore Mental Health Systems, and the Black Mental Health Alliance.

Program Elements

  • Mental Health Seminar (Emerging Issues in Mental Health and Well Being)
  • Internships
  • Individualized Graduate School Preparation and Support Plan
  • Stipends
  • Graduate School Mentors
  • Individual Advisement and Counseling Resources
  • Coppin Undergraduate Faculty Advisors
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Engagement of Families of Students

Administrative Elements

  • Advisory Committee
  • Steering Committee
  • Service Providers
  • Program Coordinator
  • Recruitment Activities
  • Newsletter

The project is expected to increase curriculum offerings related to mental health topics and promote college wide interest in mental health issues at CSU. It is also expected to increase community awareness of resources to assist people who are interested in a career in the field of mental health.

The project is named for the late Dr. Maxie T. Collier, former Baltimore City Commissioner of Health and a practicing psychiatrist.