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Supplier Diversity

The Supplier Diversity Initiative 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, and minority owned 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?

In order to be classified as a "SWaM" business, vendors must be certified as such by the Virginia Department of Minority Business Enterprise (VDMBE). SWaM firms are small businesses and businesses owned and operated by women or minorities. For more information about the Commonwealth's SWaM program, please visit  For a list of Frequently Asked Questions about SWaM Certifications, 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-, and Minority-owned 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 E, 10-12. 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 2016 schedule follows (register here - the link should redirect you to an online registration form where you can choose from among these dates):
    • Wednesday, January 13
    • Wednsesday, March 9
    • Wednesday, May 18
    • Wednesday, July 13
    • Wednesday, September 7
    • Wednesday, November 9


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 VDMBE-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 -- Business Operations Manager
Phone: 434-924-0688
Fax: 434-982-2690


Supplier Diversity - Carruthers Hall

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