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Statement on Business Diversity

Northwestern is committed to the goal of enhancing economic opportunities for minority-owned, woman-owned, disadvantaged and local business enterprises. The University's dedication to quality undergraduate education, professional training and scholarly research is reliant upon the philosophy of prudent business principles, combined with enhanced opportunities. Its day-to-day challenge is to provide educational services with care and attention to customer service that is unparalleled in the higher education environment. Similar high standards will also be brought into action in efforts related to enhanced economic opportunity and participation by minority-owned, woman-owned disadvantaged, and local business enterprises (M/W/D/LBE). Business Diversity should be an essential element in any development process, and Northwestern will establish and implement a rigorous, progressive and innovative Business Diversity program that serves appropriate sectors of the community.

It is the policy of Northwestern not to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status and to take action to ensure that applicants and employees are treated fairly. The University will comply with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, orders, and rulings governing equal employment opportunity.

The University has adopted a policy of enhanced Business Diversity with respect to its own contracting and purchasing and will seek to assure that all of its contractors, subcontractors, and vendors abide by the spirit and intent of this policy statement. The University is committed to a comprehensive program of M/W/D/LBE business development. The University wants to ensure that maximum opportunities exist for such firms.