CISCO official spoke Monday at Selma Rotary Club

Published 6:58 am Thursday, July 20, 2023

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CISCO Program Manager Shaunya Ishmael was the guest speaker at the Selma Rotary Club on Monday.

Ishmael, who serves as Program Manager for Social Justice Action 8 CISCO’s Commit to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, discussed the topic at length, including:

-Providing each HBCU with a Network Academy.  The program currently reaches 19 students.

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-Donate $50 million access to HBCU juniors and seniors, who can borrow up to $20,000 to complete their education. But the students must pay back the loan.

-A Certified program in leasing and financing for careers in Business.

Cisco is working in Selma through Selma University and Wallace Community College-Selma.

“We are extremely invested in Selma,” Ishmael said. “Selma has a rich history here. We want to work in the community.”

Scott McGregor, Director of People and Communities at Cisco, also attended the Rotary  Club meeting. He also spoke about the company investing in the Selma Community.

Cisco has made a $150 million to preserve the legacy and sustainability of HBCU.

“Our commitment makes Cisco the largest corporate donor in HBCU history,” McGregor wrote on in January.  “Inclusion isn’t just something we do—it’s part of who we are.’