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A multi-unit group supporting Cornell University's institutional diversity planning initiative.

University diversity planning extends beyond campus

In support of Cornell’s university-wide diversity planning effort, Toward New Destinations, Cornell Procurement Services has reached out to 13 of the university’s diverse suppliers to explore ways to increase their business transactions with the colleges and units.

Currently, about 9 percent of the goods and services purchased by Cornell are from diverse suppliers – 7 percent from woman-owned suppliers and 1 percent each from minority- or veteran-owned suppliers. However, according to a survey conducted by the Samuel C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, only 32 percent of college and unit respondents are aware that the university supports diverse suppliers or know who the diverse suppliers are.

To increase these vendors’ visibility on campus, the procurement office has launched a new Diverse Supplier website and identified diverse and local suppliers on e-SHOP.

The diverse suppliers were invited to campus May 16 for a Diverse Supplier Event and will attend the annual Supplier Show, June 13.

Read the full article in the Pawprint.

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