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.

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Vision

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, service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (SMWVBE) who can meet the needs and standards of our university.

 

Mission

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 those enterprises that are small, minority-owned, woman-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned business enterprises (SMWVBE).

 

UCF’s President 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 
President