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Vendor Partnerships

Drexel University's Procurement Supplier Diversity Development Initiative focuses on expanding participation of diversity suppliers. The program's two core components are expanding participation of qualified diversity suppliers and helping both qualified and non-qualified diversity suppliers build their overall business capacity.

University Procurement works with all diversity businesses by:

  • Streamlining the supplier engagement process for qualified diversity suppliers.
  • Providing mentoring services through a partnership with the Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Center located in the Enterprise Center to assist in the development of supplier skills, capacity and technology capabilities to successfully compete the University's purchasing environment.
  • Increasing opportunities for diversity suppliers by working with Drexel's major strategic business partners to develop meaningful and mutually beneficial business relationships.
  • Expanding construction industry diversity by identifying and expanding Drexel's contractors bidders list of qualified diversity contractors and by working with Drexel's large construction contractors to encourage sponsorship of apprenticeship programs, developing diversity participation plans for expanding subcontracting opportunities on projects, and by encouraging participating in programs that facilitate introductions to diversity contractors for future subcontracting and joint venturing opportunities.

For more information about the University Procurement Supplier Diversity Initiative program contact Deborah Rizzo at 215-895-6132 or dma49@drexel.edu.