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The Office of Access and Equity has been charged with the responsibility of leading the University’s Diversity Procurement Initiative. The following is a statement from the Diversity Procurement Initiative:
In order to fulfill the vision of being one of the nation’s top 20 public universities, Clemson University has identified strategic, 10-year goals, including the goal to “Strengthen our sense of community and increase our diversity.” Achieving this goal will require a broad-based approach that encompasses the student body, faculty and staff as well as the community of vendors and contractors with whom the university conducts its business and any university-affiliated organization.
Just as Clemson has established a goal of no less than double-digit minority student enrollment, we also endorse and adopt the State of South Carolina’s goal of ensuring that minority-owned businesses represent a minimum of 10 percent of state agency procurement contracts. As Clemson expands its research and academic presence across the state, these developments should reflect a similar level of diversity.
Access and Equity engages in outreach efforts to women and minority-owned businesses and vendors to announce business opportunities at Clemson for procured services and capital projects on and off-campus, both public and private.
The South Carolina Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification (SMBCC) — The mission of the S.C. Division of Small and Minority Business Contracting and Certification is to promote the interest of small and minority-owned businesses as a part of the free enterprise system; thereby, enhancing economic growth and development in South Carolina. More information from SMBCC available here.
he Minority Economic Development Institute, Inc. (MEDII) — A non-profit economic development organization founded in 2007 to serve as a state-wide resource which aims to increase the economic assets of minority individuals and minority-owned businesses. MEDII intends to function in the Upstate from a main location in Greenville, South Carolina. Plans are to develop and implement programs to increase the per capita income of minorities through several initiatives including Business Development, Research, Policy, and Advocacy, and Education and Training. More information from MEDII available here.
Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Diversity Council (CVMSDC) - The mission is to expand business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and create mutually beneficial links between Corporate Members and MBEs. The ultimate outcome is to add economic value to the supply chain while increasing economic opportunities for the minority business community. For more information from CVMSDC availalbe here.