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Empowering HBCUs by our Social Justice commitments


Collectively, now we have the collective energy to activate progress and create transformative change. As we observe Juneteenth and honor the African American/Black group, it’s a reminder to proceed to amplify our voice to understand the complete potential of social justice motion. I’m proud to be a part of our firm’s daring pledge to positively affect the world round us – and supply an replace on Cisco’s dedication to Traditionally Black Faculties and Universities (HBCUs).

“Via the facility of connection and a passionate ecosystem, we are going to proceed

to empower HBCUs to the forefront of innovation, alternative, and management.” 

As an government sponsor for Cisco’s Social Justice Actions, I assist steward our firm’s five-year US$150 million dedication to HBCUs. Our mission is to create a generational affect by know-how modernization and STEM training entry. We deal with 4 areas of affect and we’ve seen early success throughout every. In complete, Cisco has positively impacted 50% of addressable 4-year HBCU establishments within the U.S., and beneath are a number of the essential milestones.

College students at Clark Atlanta College on campus.

Supporting HBCU STEM college students

  • US$25 million donated to the “Entry to Schooling” endowment
  • 35 HBCUs taking part
  • 266 college students supported

Constructing know-how excellence

  • US$61 million invested in 28 new know-how installations
  • 46 Nationwide Institute of Requirements and Know-how (NIST) assessments accomplished

Selling success earlier than and past commencement

Advancing data sharing and engagement

  • Cisco’s HBCU Advisory Board established
  • Schooling Pathway for HBCUs launched to Cisco staff

An vital aspect of the fourth focus space is our potential to evangelize their tales and actively join others behind our imaginative and prescient for HBCUs. A beautiful instance of that is the just-debuted Cisco Tales movie about Jolene Butts Freeman from the Workplace of Institutional Development at Clark Atlanta College (CAU), the place Jolene shares her private expertise and views on Cisco’s partnership with CAU.

Watching Jolene discuss CAU’s relationship with Cisco makes what we’re doing much more compelling – and for me, pressing. There may be nonetheless a lot to do to attain the social justice affect we’re after, and our work to equip HBCUs with long-term, sustainable methods centered on scholar and college success is transferring ahead in full power. Via the facility of connection and a passionate ecosystem, we are going to proceed to empower HBCUs to the forefront of innovation, alternative, and management.

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