New York University established a set of MWLBE participation goals as it received approval of its Core Expansion project, approved through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure ("ULURP") in July 2012. The plan NYU presented to City Council was intended as a blueprint for plan monitoring, reporting, implementation, and enforcement.
To date, NYU has hired a Senior Contract Administrator to help shape and oversee the program. An internal steering committee was established to develop best MWLBE practices and to expand the blueprint into a comprehensive Supplier Diversity Program (SDP). The steering committee is comprised of representatives from NYU's Office of Construction Management, Government and Community Affairs, Operations Technology and Support Services, and Contract Management. Contract Management has primary responsibility for program implementation and oversight.
The University's stated objective is to achieve good faith efforts of 25% MWLBE participation for Core Expansion construction work and 20% MWLBE for Core Expansion workforce participation.
As part of the Supplier Diversity Program, NYU is currently:
Facets of the Supplier Diversity Program are already being implemented in NYU construction projects. The CUSP project (a $345M building renovation at 370 Jay Street in Brooklyn to house, in part, the Center for Urban Science and Progress) has a 17% MWLBE participation goal. Other projects in the construction pipeline are being targeted as well.