The Supplier Diversity Council (SDIC) was appointed to assist minority and women-owned business enterprises to gain greater access to business opportunities at the university. Dr. Marilyn Mobley, Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunities at the University and Steve Campbell, Vice President of Campus Planning and Facilities Management, co-chair the council. In addition to members from CWRU, the council consists of representatives from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Hard Hatted Women, the Hispanic Business Association, Northern Ohio Minority Business Council, Black Trades Council, Consortium of African American Organizations, and NAACP, among others. The specific objectives of the council are:
- Identify barriers to doing business at the university;
- Review dollar volumes and make suggestions as to how to increase them;
- Identify and act upon ways to reach out to minority and women-owned businesses (MBE and WBE, respectively)
- Increase diversity spend in all areas of procurement and sourcing..
Since its formation, SDIC has met quarterly. The main focus of SDIC has been to review the current CWRU practices for promoting MBE and WBE, and to identify opportunities, both short-term and long-term, to achieve the above-mentioned objectives.