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HRTM Site Updated, Procurement Services seeking suppliers who embrace diversity
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Action: Racial Justice and Equity

HRTM Site Updated

A key recommendation from the Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice concerned updating the Division of Human Resources and Talent Management’s website.

Kristen Romanelli, a web content manager who worked on the project, said the goal of the overhaul was to make the site more appealing to job applicants and employees, and to ensure it reflected the university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity.

“It goes deeper than just visual cues. We want to make sure the content of the site demonstrates clearly and transparently who we are,” she said. “We state clearly what our values are.”

The site will soon include updated sections regarding racial justice and equity. It also has a link to the webpage concerning Title IX, as well as information about professional development and benefits.

The website is expected to go live in the coming weeks.

Procurement Services Seeking Suppliers Who Embrace Diversity

Administrators in Procurement Services have put forward a draft of a new initiative called the Supplier Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program. The goal is to create more inclusive and equitable purchasing practices on behalf of the university.

“It’s not that we haven’t done business with diverse suppliers in the past, we’re just formalizing a program to hold us accountable to more equity-minded business practices in procurement so we are more intentional about it,” said Dr. Jennifer Pacheco, assistant vice president for finance, procurement services and contracting.

If approved and implemented, the policy calls for a three-year plan that includes identifying suppliers who demonstrate acceptable levels of inclusivity and diversity, helping guide area suppliers who may qualify as a diverse supplier to become certified, tracking the success of the program, and fully institutionalizing practices that will support diverse and small businesses, thereby reinforcing the institution’s commitment to support equity, inclusion and social justice.

This new program could be approved by the end of April.

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