Working toward diversity and inclusion is an ongoing goal that the Department of Education strives to achieve. The Diversity Management Unit, in compliance with the 2009 Amendments to the School Governance Law, prepares an annual Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the Department of Education. The Plan highlights the initiatives taken by the DOE to advance diversity in hiring and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) procurement pursuant to the 2009 amendments to the School Governance Law. Each year, the Plan will be presented to the Panel for Educational Policy. The DOE remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all employees, applicants, and vendors.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Diversity Management Unit designs and implements diversity and inclusion policies, trainings and best practices for the agency. The Unit engages in diversity initiatives relating to hiring, retention and recruitment.
The Diversity Management Unit also ensures that MWBEs are equitably included in the procurement process by:
- Providing technical assistance services, e.g., informing prospective vendors of the MWBE certification process and how to do business with the Department.
- Sponsoring and attending various MWBE conferences and seminars.
- Informing vendors on where to apply for MWBE certification.
- Providing assistance to MWBEs for placement onto DOE's Bidders List.
In 2012, the DOE's MWBE Diversity Council was established to further DOE's commitment to equal opportunity for all vendors.
Links for Prospective and Current Vendors:
DOE MWBE Newsletter: learn how to do business with the DOE, get tips from successful MWBEs, and find answers to frequently asked questions on MWBE certification and DOE procurement.
DOE Division of Contracts and Purchasing:
- Vendor Portal: to view current and future openings and receive information aboutopen solicitations:
- To view a summary of current solicitations:
Vendor Hotline: if you are a prospective or current vendor and have any procurement related questions, please contact the DOE's Vendor Hotline:
For information about how to become a certified MWBE: