Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program


The Fueling Business Growth newsroom features announcements regarding policy updates and information relevant to Penn’s Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program.

Nominations Now Open For 2023 Supplier Diversity Impact Award

Nominations accepted until Friday, March 31, 2023

The award recognizes individuals and/or teams from the University that drive intentional impact in the area of supplier diversity and economic inclusion

Catering@Penn Event Wows All Attendees!

In an effort to promote Penn’s contracted caterers and its Catering@Penn platform, Penn Procurement Services, in collaboration with the University’s Association of Business Administrators (ABA), hosted a “Catering@Penn” tasting event on October 12 at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

Announcing 2022 Supplier Diversity Impact Award Recipient

Nathaniel ‘Nat’ Graham, Associate Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team, receives this year's Penn Supplier Diversity Impact Award from University of Pennsylvania Chief Procurement Officer Mark Mills.

This award recognizes the leading actions of University individuals or teams that drive intentional impact in the area of supplier diversity and economic inclusion at Penn.

The 2022 Supplier Diversity Forum

Missed the actual forum? You can view our video of this year's event.

Interim President Wendell Pritchett Addresses Supplier Diversity Forum and Expo

On June 16 Interim President Wendell Pritchett welcomed the attendees of Penn’s annual Supplier Diversity Forum and Expo with this video message.  Click here to see video

Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo Returns for an In-Person Event

Penn Buyers and Suppliers assembled at this year’s Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo on June 16, 2022. Penn Today captures the event highlights.

University of Pennsylvania receives the Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2022 Diversity Award

The University of Pennsylvania has received the Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2022 Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest print diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.

Sign up to get SDI updates

Penn Procurement Services recently released its first quarterly update on the Fueling Business Growth campaign – the University’s initiative to expand its impact in advancing supplier diversity and inclusion. The goal is to inform internal and external stakeholders on the University’s activities and impact, while continuing to make it easier for both buyers and suppliers to connect and do business. If you would like to receive these updates, please email

Welcome to MED Week

Listen to: Unmute Yourself – Supplier Voices on Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, featuring a conversation with minority-owned suppliers who are currently doing business with Penn.

Penn Launches Supplier Payment Terms Pilot for Diverse and Local Small Businesses

As part of Penn’s ongoing commitment to supplier diversity and inclusion, the University has introduced a pilot program to extend ‘immediate pay’ payment terms to its diversity suppliers. This new modification positively impacts approximately 1,000 suppliers that do business with Penn (minority, woman, veteran, LGBTQ+, and other classifications) that qualify as diverse suppliers.

Wharton Dean and the Founder & CEO of ActOne Group Engage in Dynamic Conversation at 2021 Forum & Expo

Watch the video of Wharton Dean Erika H. James and Founder & CEO Janice Bryant Howroyd from this year’s Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo. The discussion focuses on their research, work, and advocacy related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.