LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 2, 2022) — The University of Kentucky has received the Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2022 Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and only print diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.
The INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore 2022 Supplier Diversity Award is a national recognition honoring colleges and universities that take proactive steps to support and engage with minority-owned businesses through supplier diversity offices, unique programs and leading initiatives. Winners will be included in the April 2022 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
The recipients were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on their efforts to engage and retain suppliers from underrepresented groups.
“We are very humbled and honored to receive the Jesse L. Moore Supplier 2022 Diversity Award,” said Barry Swanson, UK’s chief procurement officer. “We, Marilyn Clark, UK’s diversity supplier especially, have worked very hard with the community and diverse business enterprises to help them grow their expertise and ability to participate as our supplier and the supplier of others. We are committed to continue growing the program for the community at large.”
UK was selected because of our dedication to growing expenditures in all categories of diverse supplier, with the primary goal of positively impacting the university and beyond.
Some of that activity includes:
- Hiring a full-time Supplier Diversity Manager
- The Turner-UK Construction Diversity Accelerator Program
- Commerce Lexington Access Loan Program Committee Named Volunteers of the Year 2021
- Commerce Lexington and Black Faith Leaders Collaborative
- Meet the Primes
- Memorandum of Agreement with the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center (KYPTAC)
- Corporate memberships
- The creation of the Supplier Diversity Impact Model
“When it comes to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), colleges and universities have traditionally put their resources into recruiting and retaining diverse students and employees — however, there is a third leg of DEI that focuses on supplier diversity. The INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore Supplier Diversity Award, named in honor of longtime advocate and economic development pioneer Jesse L. Moore for his leadership in promoting supplier diversity and the success of minority-owned businesses, is our way of ensuring this critical area of DEI also gets recognized for the important role that it plays,” said Lenore Pearlstein, co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity.
For more information about the INSIGHT Into Diversity Jesse L. Moore 2022 Supplier Diversity Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit insightintodiversity.com.
The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers." We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.