Vanderbilt University has partnered with the TriState Minority Supplier Development Council (TSMSDC) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) to increase its engagement with diverse suppliers.

The TSMSDC will support the Vanderbilt in identifying minority suppliers that can provide products or services that the university needs. It will also provide university access to its national network of more than 12,500 certified minority business enterprises.

WBENC will provide Vanderbilt with access to almost 16,000 certified women-owned businesses that can fulfill the university’s contracting needs. Vanderbilt will also have access to WBENC resources including professional educational series on supplier diversity, national procurement programs and WBENC-hosted national conferences and business fairs.

According toAndré L. Churchwell, Vanderbilt’s interim vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer, the partnership with TSMSDC and WBENC will position them better to engage with a wide range of location, regional and national suppliers as they pursue their mission as a university.

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