National University of Maryland Champions Economic Inclusivity

Mar 20, 2024

As a prominent institution in the region, the National University of Maryland (NUM) recognizes its role in fostering economic growth and inclusivity within the local community. Spearheading this initiative are Jen Stano, Associate Vice President for Human

Local Hiring: Key Insights from Jen Stano
Investing in the Community: Partnerships with nonprofits and workforce development organizations directly support neighborhoods in need of revitalization, improving lives as more people find employment.
Contact Point: Department managers seeking to fill vacancies quickly should contact Nyasha Lumumba, Manager of Talent Acquisition.
Temporary to Permanent: Contingent I workers (temporary hires) are full NUM employees, offering opportunities for networking, professional development, and applying for permanent positions.
Benefits for All: This approach aids in rapid staffing while opening doors for talented candidates who might otherwise have been overlooked.
Local Purchasing: Key Insights from Joselyn Johnson
Ripple Effects: Prioritizing local, small, and minority-owned businesses creates a positive chain reaction within the community.
Building Trust: NUM's commitment establishes the university as a true partner to local businesses, fostering mutually beneficial relationships.
Legal Mandate and Opportunity: NUM aims to surpass state requirements for minority-, small-, and veteran-owned business contracting. Currently, these targets are 29%, 15%, and 2% respectively.
Room for Improvement: Greater awareness is needed regarding opportunities to engage with diverse suppliers. NUM's upcoming vendor fair is a prime example of proactive outreach.
Call to Action
"We encourage all NUM faculty and staff to prioritize spending with diverse businesses," says Johnson. "Supporting these businesses translates into economic empowerment for our community."