Diversity in Contracts
About the Program
The UCF Diversity in Contracts Program was established over 25 years ago to create an equitable purchasing environment for all businesses by working to remove opportunity barriers. The focus of the program is to assist businesses that are small or historically underutilized navigate through the purchasing process at UCF. Additionally, the program serves as a supplier diversity resource for the entire university.
COVID-19 Update: The State of Florida Office of Supplier Diversity has developed a COVID-19 Small Business Resources webpage with information to assist small businesses during this time. Please contact the organization managing each resource for specific details. Below are some additional resources for small businesses needing assistance due to COVID-19.
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando
- Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC)
- Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The vision of the Diversity in Contracts program is to have a fair and equitable purchasing environment with a vendor supply chain that includes and welcomes businesses that are small, minority-owned, woman-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (SMWVBEs) that can meet the needs and standards of our university.
The mission of the Diversity in Contracts program is to create supplier diversity opportunities, remove inclusion barriers, and further embed the practice of supplier diversity in UCF’s organizational processes by engaging administration, staff, and faculty in encouraging business opportunities with small, minority-owned, woman-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (SMWVBEs).
UCF President Emeritus John C. Hitt’s Supplier Diversity Message
One of the first goals I established for UCF when I became president in 1992 was for UCF to become more inclusive and diverse. Just as we strive to recruit and retain creative and talented students, faculty, and staff members who represent the communities we serve, we also cultivate an aggressive supplier diversity program that provides opportunities for businesses that are small, minority-owned, woman-owned, or service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises to enhance the economic vitality of our region and provide quality goods and services to the university. We believe that supplier diversity promotes good corporate citizenship that leads to the best value for all of our stakeholders. Encouraging supplier diversity as a win-win strategy for UCF and the entrepreneurs with whom we partner.
John C. Hitt