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Supplier Diversity



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The University of Illinois System Supplier Diversity program is conducted under the direction of the Office of Procurement Diversity.

The mission of Supplier Diversity is to expand procurement opportunities to businesses that have been historically underrepresented in the procurement process by increasing utilization of businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to 30 percent of allowable expenditures. This mission will be accomplished by providing the necessary resources, outreach activities, procurement system support and engagement with faculty, staff, administration, and national and local business support and advocacy organizations to foster a quality, inclusive procurement supply chain for the University of Illinois System, thereby strengthening the diversity of the U of I community.

Guiding Principles

The System Supplier Diversity Program will make the following principles the hallmark of all our work: Quality, Integrity, Transparency, Inclusivity, Innovation, and Cost Effectiveness.


The vision of the Supplier Diversity Program is to be recognized as the leading supplier diversity program in higher education.


The Supplier Diversity Program goals are to:

  • Encourage campus departments to work with certified diverse vendors
  • Provide business opportunities for community-based diverse businesses
  • Exceed State of Illinois goals for expenditures with certified diverse firms


For more information contact the Office of Procurement Diversity.

Last Updated: July 13, 2018

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