Office of Planning and Administration

Toolkit for Campus


Tools For Staff and Faculty

The values of inclusion, equity and justice are central to the UW's mission as a public university, and the fulfillment of those values is what the University's Race & Equity Initiative seeks to achieve.  The recent passage of the Statement of Business Equity by the Board of Regents codifies these values in university policy, making it clear that business practices will be guided by a belief in inclusiveness and equity. UW Bothell will actively engage with small, local, minority and women-owned, veteran, and diverse businesses to create opportunity and transparency, while supporting the broader economy of Washington state.

Here you will find information about different suppliers and what our campus can do to support these initiatives through our purchasing habits.

Staff, faculty, and student workers are encouraged to attend the Diverse Supplier Fair held in Fall Quarter. The fair will provide an opportunity for suppliers and the campus community to connect with one another. 


Listed below are different resources to access suppliers. Supplier Diversity focuses on creating opportunity for the local community and other small businesses; such as minority, women, veteran owned, etc. Below are different lists of suppliers based on the services provided. You will find lists of caterers and sustainable suppliers along with more general lists from our UW Contracts site or OMWBE.

Keep in mind not all suppliers will be familiar with the UW purchasing process if they are not already UW contracted or in the Ariba system.

UW Procurement

For additional information about the most appropriate method to use for your procurement needs, go to the UW Procurement Services page. There you will find information about Ariba, ProCard, and the Supplier Orientation.  

The Supplier Diversity Program collaborates with UW Procurement Services to conduct a Supplier Orientation on our campus.

UW Contracted

To directly access small, local and diverse businesses with existing university contracts, visit the UW Procurement Services page. Under the "Plan & Buy" box click the link titled " UW Contracts Search". Please note, UW NetID and password is required to access this page. 


For a list of small, local, and diverse owned restaurants and caterers in and around the Bothell area, use the Small, Local, and Diverse Caterers List

You can also find a catering pool at the UW Contracts site.

In early Spring 2019, the Supplier Diversity Program hosted a Catering Fair. You may view the Directory of Caterers from the fair as well.

Eco-Friendly (Green) Suppliers

Purchasing from diverse suppliers includes purchasing sustainably. Here you can find a list of sustainable suppliers identified.

Campus Licensee List

The UW has given permission to some local businesses to use the UW brand to purchase UW branded merchandise from. These suppliers are listed in the Campus Licensee Directory.

OMWBE Directory

The Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE) keeps a directory of certified small businesses that fall under the categories of minority, women owned, veteran, or disabled. This directory has been condensed to identify only Bothell vendors.

More Tips and Tools

The Supplier Diversity Program has created a document with tips for finding newly identified local suppliers and to assist first time purchasers.

Questions? Email Rabia Ramzan at