Disadvantaged Business Enterprises


Policy Summary

It is the policy of the university, consistent with federal, state and local laws, to take affirmative action to optimize opportunities for business contracting with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.

Who is Governed by this Policy 

  • Staff
  • Faculty


The university takes affirmative action to optimize opportunities for contracting with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). The focus of this effort is in the areas of procurement, construction, design and other professional services, and to support the opportunity for a fair proportion of business contracts with such enterprises.   

Business owners who certify they meet the defined criteria of DBEs are considered socially and economically disadvantaged.     

When required, the university will establish goals for business contracts with DBEs and review progress against these goals on an annual basis. 

All university solicitations are sought and considered without restrictions based on age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, matriculation, personal appearance, political affiliation or family responsibilities 


Requests for a waiver from this policy must be submitted to the Associate Vice President (AVP), Procure-to-Pay.  In concert with the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity, the reasonableness of the waiver request will be considered and a final determination made.  


Disadvantage Business Enterprises: A small business concern that is at least 51 percent owned by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or in the case of any publicly owned business, at least 51 percent of the stock is owned by such individuals. 

Socially Disadvantaged: Means an individual who has reason to believe that he or she has been subjected to prejudice or bias because of his or her identity as a member of a group without regard to his or her qualities as an individual. 

Economically Disadvantaged Individual: Means an individual whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system is impaired because of diminished opportunities to obtain capital and credit as compared to others in the same line of business where such impairment is related to the individual’s status as “socially disadvantaged.” 


Contact Phone Number Email Address
Procure-to-Pay Department 202-994-2500  [email protected]
Equal Employment Department 202-994-9656  [email protected]


Responsible University Official: Associate Vice President, Supply Chain
Responsible Office: Procure-to-Pay

Last Reviewed: July 7, 2021


Non-compliance with this policy can be reported through this website.