When it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), colleges and universities have traditionally put their resources into recruiting and retaining diverse students and employees — however, there is a third leg of DEI that focuses on supplier diversity. There are millions of dollars spent on goods and services by institutions of higher education every year, yet there is little recognition of the contributions colleges and universities are making to supporting diverse suppliers in their communities and beyond.
INSIGHT Into Diversity seeks recognize to those institutions that are taking proactive steps in supporting and engaging with minority-owned businesses through supplier diversity offices, unique programs, and leading initiatives.
The recipients of the 2021 INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore Supplier Diversity Award are:
Grand Valley State University
Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative at the University of Illinois
Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City, Missouri
University of Connecticut
University of Houston
University of South Florida
About Jesse L. Moore
The INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore Supplier Diversity Award is named in honor of longtime advocate and economic development pioneer Jesse L. Moore. The first director of supplier diversity at Purdue University, Moore’s achievements include increasing the university’s diversity spending by more than 300 percent since 2005. Spanning a career of over 35 years, he began his work in 1985 for Community Action Against Poverty, Inc. Moore has served as a leader in promoting supplier diversity and the success of minority-owned businesses across a wide range of industries. His numerous honors include the Indiana Governor’s Award for Achievement in Civic Leadership and Community Service, the City of Lafayette Distinguished Citizen Award, the Purdue University Distinctive Service Award, and more.