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Fostering and maintaining relationships with minority- and women-owned businesses ensures that the University and Medical Center have access to the most creative and innovative talent in support of the institution’s strategic goals.

The Office of Business Diversity works to create opportunities for minority- and women-owned firms to compete for business in the University of Chicago’s goods and services supply chain—including professional services—as well as new construction and renovation projects.

The office runs several programs to foster these relationships:

Professional Services Symposium – Annual event held with Medical Center to connect prominent minority- and women-owned professional service firms from around the country with senior University leaders

Direct Connect Program – Links diverse firms to the the University, giving them one-on-one time with department heads and purchasing decision makers

South Side Business Development Initiative – Provides business enhancement workshops and seminars to local South Side of Chicago minority- and women-owned businesses so that they can compete on University contracting opportunities

Economic Impact Program – Provides access to opportunities for certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises; minority and women journey-workers, apprentices, and laborers; and residents in surrounding communities and throughout Chicago

ACE Tech Summer Internship Program – Developed by UChicago Facilities Services and ACE Technical Charter High School to offer internships for local Chicago Public Schools students to gain professional experience at construction sites, engineering and trades shops, and office environments

Nadia M. Quarles Esq.
Assistant Vice President for Business Diversity
The University of Chicago

Roslyn Johnson
Director, Facilities Services Procurement and Economic Impact
The University of Chicago

Victor Alvarez
Manager, Facilities Services Business Diversity
The University of Chicago

Jasmine Omeke
Manager of Business Diversity
The University of Chicago

The business diversity initiative extends to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where leaders work closely with the Office of Business Diversity to create and extend opportunities to certified minority- and women-owned firms.

The department focuses its efforts in three main areas:

Professional Services – Through the annual Professional Services Symposium, launched in 2008, more than 20 minority- and women-owned firms have received contracts with such Medical Center departments as human resources, legal, marketing, and finance

Goods and Services – Engaging local, regional, and national goods and service providers in our core medical surgical area, as well as all additional services needed to run a major academic medical center

Facilities, Design, and Construction – To date, the Medical Center has paid more than $220 million to minority firms and workers for construction, renovation, and plant projects, including nearly $100 for the construction of the New Hospital Pavilion

James S. Williams Jr.
Manager of Business Diversity
The University of Chicago 
Medical Center

Joan Archie, MBA
Executive Director 
of Construction Compliance
The University of Chicago 
Medical Center

Alder Derose
Manager, Construction Compliance
The University of Chicago 
Medical Center