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Supplier Diversity

Supplier Diversity exists as a resource for diverse vendors and prime contractors to the University of Virginia, as well as to University faculty and staff.

Mission Statement

The University of Virginia is committed to be a leader in supplier diversity by developing sustainable relationships with qualified, reliable, small, women-owned, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses. We will actively seek out the best firms which will enable the University of Virginia to deliver high-quality education, research, public service, and healthcare.

What is a SWaM Vendor?

Businesses seeking a SWaM designation must be certified by the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (DSBSD). SWaM firms include small businesses and businesses owned and operated by women or minorities. For more information about the Commonwealth's SWaM program, please visit


Resources for SWaM Vendors

Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services pursues the goal of increasing the amount of business done with SWaM firms by providing information and undertaking new initiatives to reach out to the diverse vendor community.

Small, women-owned, and minority-owned (SWaM) firms are invited and encouraged to attend the bi-monthly Vendor Training sessions conducted bi-monthly by UVA's Director of Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services, Carruthers Hall, Conference Room CARR-2, 10-12. Enter Carruthers Hall through main entrance (front, center of building). Parking available in south visitor lot (first come, first serve) and north lower lot (look for visitor spaces). There is no fee to attend; however, ADVANCE online registration is required. Attendee registration is limited to two (2) people per business (seats are limited). The 2019/20 schedule follows (register here - the link should redirect you to an online registration form where you can choose from among these dates):


  • Wednesday, July 17
  • Wednesday, September 4
  • Wednesday, November 20


  • Wednesday, January 22
  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Wednesday, May 6


Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services notifies eVA and the Virginia Department of Small Business and Supplier Diversity (SBSD) of all new Requests for Proposal to help ensure that SWaM firms are aware of opportunities for doing business with the University.

The University's Guidelines for Competition list the policies University staff must follow when making a purchase.

Supplier Diversity works with the University's majority-owned prime contractors to encourage subcontracting opportunities, joint ventures, and partnerships for SWaM firms.

UVA's Supplier Diversity team maintains relationships with small and diverse business advocacy organizations, including the Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Charlottesville Chamber Business Diversity Council, the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program, and the Central Virginia SCORE. These groups offer wonderful support, networking, and business opportunities for their membership.


Resources for Departments

Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services also pursues the goal of increasing the amount of business done with SWaM firms by providing information to departments about the goods and services offered by SWaM vendors.

  • Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services works directly with University departments to provide information about SWaM firms.
  • This website includes a search of DSBSD-certified vendors that allows users to find SWaM vendors by the type of commodity they provide, and which gives Integrated System Supplier Numbers for those that are already registered in our system.
  • University departments can contact Supplier Diversity directly (see contact information below) for help in finding SWaM vendors.

Contact Us

Les Haughton -- Director, Supplier Diversity

Phone: 434-924-7174
Fax: 434-982-2690

Lorie Jean Strother -- SWAM Contract Administrator

Phone: 434-243-2373
Fax: 434-982-2690

Jack King -- UVA SWaM Champion/Advocate

Phone: 434-924-0688
Fax: 434-982-2690


Supplier Diversity - Carruthers Hall

1001 North Emmet Street
P. O. Box 400202
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4202