We are delighted to introduce a new University of Illinois System apparel store available to System Offices employees by a diverse supplier. It is very exciting to share the encouraging developments that have taken place to promote diversity and inclusion through our merchandise offerings.
The system believes in fostering an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity in all aspects of our operations, including the procurement of merchandise. The decision to work with a diverse supplier for our apparel store is a reflection of our commitment to supporting underrepresented businesses.
Each System Offices unit is invited to participate in this program and use a C-FOAPAL to pay for merchandise. Individuals may also participate in this program and use a credit or debit card to pay for merchandise. Please visit the system apparel store to see the offerings and place your order. Please keep these things in mind if you plan to make a purchase:
- This is a new program and we have limited stock, allowing us and our partners to gauge interest and test the process.
- Due to limited supply, fulfillment of large quantities may take 2-4 weeks.
By sourcing merchandise from diverse suppliers, we contribute to the growth and empowerment of minority-owned businesses within our community and beyond. This partnership creates beneficial opportunities for economic advancement.
We encourage all system employees to stay engaged with our university community by promoting and actively supporting the apparel store supplied by diverse suppliers. Your purchases directly contribute to the success and sustainability of this initiative, making a positive impact on the broader community.
Let's continue to champion diversity and inclusion and proudly wear apparel from the system's diverse suppliers.
Thanks also to the team who worked hard to make this great outcome possible!
Nick Jones, Executive Vice President & VP Academic Affairs
Paul Ellinger, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, System Offices
Aaron Carter, Assistant Vice President, Procurement Services