Cisco actively recruits students of diverse backgrounds and sponsors scholarships for diversity groups at college campuses. In FY2006, we donated $278,000 in scholarship money directly to university diversity organizations.
Sales Force Recruitment
Cisco's Sales Associates Program hires graduates from top universities to participate in 12 months of training to become a Cisco systems engineer or sales representative. In addition to attracting high-achieving and motivated young people through this program, we are also focused on attracting a diverse group of college graduates. Through this program, we recruit at female colleges and historically black colleges and universities. In fact, 19 of the schools where we recruit are rated in the top 25 for graduating female engineers. At each school, we partner closely with campus diversity organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and National Society of Black Engineers.
Diversity Conference for Students
In January 2006 we hosted the first Cisco Leadership Diversity Conference. Some 150 college students attended from across the United States and learned about the importance of diversity and working within a diverse organization. Other companies are now using this event as a model for their own recruiting efforts. Another conference is planned for 2007.