Making daring strikes for HBCUs


The next is an excerpt from the 2022 Cisco Objective Report, revealed on December 8, 2022.

Inclusion isn’t simply one thing we do—it’s a part of who we’re. Fulfilling our objective to Energy an Inclusive Future for All means reimagining how we come collectively and the way we respect one another’s identities and the roles we play inside and outdoors of labor. It means tearing down boundaries to fairness, collaboration, and connection—each within the many locations we work and within the wider world.

For years, Cisco has taken appreciable steps to struggle injustice and inequity world wide. In 2020, we got here collectively to make our dedication to social justice integral to our firm’s objective by creating our Social Justice Beliefs and Actions—the start of a five-year, US$300 million dedication to deal with our greatest challenges and drive lasting, generational change.

Probably the most highly effective examples of Cisco’s deal with daring motion and generational influence is our US$150 million dedication to protect the legacy and sustainability of Traditionally Black Schools and Universities (HBCUs) by Social Justice Motion 8. Our dedication makes Cisco the biggest company donor in HBCU historical past.

Of Cisco’s complete dedication by 2025, US$50 million is devoted to fund STEM training as the primary company donor to the Pupil Freedom Initiative’s Entry to Training endowment. An extra US$100 million is concentrated on driving expertise modernization at four-year HBCUs. In collaboration with key companions and suppliers, we’ve lately accomplished the modernization initiatives for an preliminary group of eight HBCUs. By constructing a bridge to expertise excellence, we’re not solely supporting compliance, but additionally serving to these outstanding establishments meet cybersecurity compliance requirements whereas preserving their legacies. Along with expertise modernization, we’re supporting HBCUs by:

  • Providing Cisco Networking Academy at roughly 50 HBCUs, with plans to introduce it in any respect 107 establishments
  • Becoming a member of the HBCU Partnership Problem, a dedication to create strategic partnerships with HBCUs and rent HBCU graduates
  • Convening a Cisco HBCU Advisory Board to share finest practices and have interaction group stakeholders

“Our intention is to make an enduring influence for HBCUs and their college students for generations to return. We have to act now to assist be sure that we’re all doing our half to empower this group.” shared Maria Martinez, Cisco Govt Vice President and Chief Working Officer.

To study extra in regards to the progress we’re making to energy a extra inclusive future, go to our Cisco ESG Reporting Hub, the place you’ll be able to learn our 2022 Cisco Objective Report.

Cover of the Cisco Purpose Report




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