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It Gets Better Project: Cisco Employees

December 16, 2010 - 3 Comments

At Cisco, we recognize that building a culture of inclusion and diversity is both a business and a cultural imperative. It is simply not enough to have a diverse workforce. An inclusive environment where all of Cisco’s employees can work together allows us to anticipate important market transitions, be responsive to customer needs, be innovative in our technology and business models, and build a solid foundation for the future.

Recently, several LGBT Cisco employees and allies created a video for the It Gets Better Project.

This project was started in September 2010, by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry, who created a YouTube video with the hope to inspire youth that face harassment. Cisco employee participation with this video echoes the company’s commitment to end bullying and name-calling in schools through the sponsorship of GLSEN’s No-Name Calling Week.

Since then, the It Gets Better Project site has seen thousands of videos submitted with participants telling their stories, reassuring others that are facing adversity that it does get better.

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  1. I liked the video, great idea and it annoys me that we have to waste our time trying to educate people in that, people are people and its our individuality that makes us interesting.
    I have no time for bullies, narrow minded bigots and people who waste my time with hateful trivia so, I am all for supporting those who need a ‘helping hand’, challenging narrow mindedness and being open to all.
    So, things are definitely better when we all step up as one to say ‘We are there for you’.
    Great action, great ideas.

  2. Although I am not a member of the LGBT community, I have very close friends who are and I am also a Cisco employee. I love this video and I think that it should be shared with all teens who are facing bullying and ostracism due to their sexual orientation or just because they are different. I used to work in education and I saw so many teens dealing with deep depression because they were not accepted for who they were. This is a fantastic tool that should be used to help encourage young people to be proud of who they are and to give them hope for a brighter future. I am proud to be a Cisco employee and to work for a company that so openly accepts people for who they are inside and out.

  3. Where are the women? I know that Cisco has plenty of wonderful and powerful women, but this video doesn’t highlight many of them. Love the general message, but I would love to see females represented too.