As a world-class university, Rensselaer strives to create an inclusive environment that develops true intellectual, geographic, gender and ethnic diversity in our students, faculty and staff. As an enhancement to this commitment to diversity, Rensselaer has developed a supplier diversity program. This program ensures that women-owned, small-disadvantaged, minority-owned, Veteran-owned, HUB zone and local businesses have full opportunity to compete for the Institute’s business. We are committed to identify and include these qualified diversity suppliers when purchasing the products and services requested by Rensselaer students, faculty and staff.
To enhance the advocacy role for diversity businesses, Rensselaer will identify reputable and reliable diversity suppliers, communicate bidding opportunities to diversity businesses and allow them to bid in a fair environment, participate in events, trade shows, conferences and expositions that support diversity, provide mentoring to these businesses, meet and encourage new businesses, and stay current with regulations.
Rensselaer makes a concerted effort to use diversity suppliers when purchasing items via Purchase Order. To maintain healthy community relationships, Rensselaer has made a commitment to provide purchasing opportunities to businesses located in Troy, New York. Diversity suppliers and Troy businesses will be awarded the procurement if they demonstrate their ability to meet Rensselaer’s requirements and are competitive.
Because of our status as a research university receiving Federal funds, Rensselaer has contractual obligations, including hiring diversity suppliers. In some instances, specific diversity spending goals must be stated; a requirement that our research community must understand when developing certain proposals.