Collectively, we now have the collective energy to activate progress and create transformative change. As we observe Juneteenth and honor the African American/Black neighborhood, it’s a reminder to proceed to amplify our voice to appreciate the complete potential of social justice motion. I’m proud to be a part of our firm’s daring pledge to positively impression the world round us – and supply an replace on Cisco’s dedication to Traditionally Black Faculties and Universities (HBCUs).
“By means of the ability of connection and a passionate ecosystem, we are going to proceed
to empower HBCUs to the forefront of innovation, alternative, and management.”
As an govt 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 impression by means of expertise modernization and STEM training entry. We concentrate on 4 areas of impression and we’ve seen early success throughout every. In whole, Cisco has positively impacted 50% of addressable 4-year HBCU establishments within the U.S., and under are among the crucial milestones.
Supporting HBCU STEM college students
- US$25 million donated to the “Entry to Schooling” endowment
- 35 HBCUs collaborating
- 266 college students supported
Constructing expertise excellence
- US$61 million invested in 28 new expertise 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 workers
An vital ingredient of the fourth focus space is our means to evangelize their tales and actively join others behind our imaginative and prescient for HBCUs. An exquisite 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 impression 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. By means of the ability of connection and a passionate ecosystem, we are going to proceed to empower HBCUs to the forefront of innovation, alternative, and management.