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Supplier Diversity Impact Award Announced


Nathaniel “Nat” Graham, the Associate Head Coach of the University’s Men’s Basketball Team has received this year’s Penn Supplier Diversity Impact Award, which honors faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of supplier diversity and inclusion.

From his position at the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA), Graham,  a Penn alumnus from the Class of ’97, is a founding member of the Division’s Quaker Forward committee, a group committed to maximizing DRIA’s impact in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and chaired its Black-owned Business sub-committee. Currently, he chairs its Building Community sub-committee.

From his work with Quaker Forward, he has connected DRIA’s procurement team to numerous groups such as the West Philadelphia Corridor Collaborative and University City District. These relationships resulted in the selection of West Philadelphia, Black-owned business Sweet Treat Hut as a new tenant at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center.

Graham’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is also evident within the Men’s Basketball Program as spend is directed to local and minority-owned restaurants for post-game meals. Staff also provides visiting teams with a list of diverse businesses that can meet their operational needs during their road trip.

Graham models the ideals that were the basis for Penn Procurement Services’ creation of this award last year, according to Mark Mills, Penn’s Chief Procurement Officer. “Nat intentionally makes choices as he directs business to local and minority-owned companies and establishments. The relationships he has nurtured are driving diverse spend to the University’s neighboring community and throughout Philadelphia.”

The award was presented at the Penn Supplier Diversity Forum & Expo on June 16.