Equitable & Inclusive Contracting
In November 2014, Denver Public Schools’ Board of Education passed the Equitable and Inclusive Contracting Policy. The policy instructed DPS to increase the utilization of minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) in the district’s bond construction program and other construction-related services. Since then, DPS administration has led efforts to provide greater opportunities to diverse construction vendors, including the implementation of a goals program. The aspirational goal for all bond-funded construction-related projects was originally 24% participation of MWBE firms. DPS exceeded that goal within the first year of the program. As of June 2020, bond-funded construction-related projects had 31% utilization of MWBEs.
Business Diversity & Outreach Program
In support of this policy, our Business Diversity Outreach Program helps promote diversity in construction and related contracting for bond-funded capital improvement projects.
The program strives to ensure all businesses, especially those identified as underutilized MWBEs, are afforded a fair and equitable opportunity to provide their construction and construction-related services to the school district.
To learn more about our efforts and commitment to equity in contracting, please visit the following links:
- Read the board’s Equitable and Inclusive Contracting Policy.
- See the March 2020 update to the board on our MWBE work.
- View the 2019 Reverse Trade Fair video
- Read the 2017 MGT Report
How to Get Involved
Meet the Business Diversity Outreach Program team and learn more about how to do business with DPS by coming to a quarterly coffee chat.