The University is committed to Supplier Diversity by maintaining purchasing practices that promote and expand contracting opportunities for diverse suppliers.

The values of inclusion, equity and justice are central to the UW’s mission as a public university, and the fulfillment of those values is what the University’s Race & Equity Initiative seeks to achieve.

The passage of the Statement of Business Equity by the Board of Regents codifies these values in university policy, making it clear that business practices will be guided by a belief in inclusiveness and equity. The UW will actively engage with small businesses, women-owned businesses, and minority-owned businesses to create opportunity and transparency, while supporting the broader economy of Washington.

Purchasing Services is the professional contracting and strategic sourcing arm of Procurement Services, a “procure-to-pay” (wing-to-wing) business service unit within Enterprise Services at the University of Washington. 

The Procurement Contracting Team is available to meet and discuss your planned purchases, and provide guidance related to state, federal and institutional diversity spend goals and opportunities.

Purchasing Services is committed to ensuring that minority-owned, women-owned, small, disadvantaged, HUB Zone, veteran-owned and service-disabled-veteran owned businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in purchasing and contracting at the University of Washington. We strive to increase the depth and diversity of our supplier pool by promoting fair and open access to the business community.

Purchasing Services is committed to supplier diversity because it provides the UW campus with a broad array of choice and diversity contributes to the expansion of the local marketplace and strengthens our supply base. In addition, when we diversify the university’s supplier portfolio, it increases our ability to secure better pricing, higher quality products and services through increased competitive bid participation.

Purchasing Services' buying staff functions with raised awareness of the purchasing considerations necessary to increase supplier diversity and to maximize contracting opportunities for diverse suppliers.