Director of UM’s Inclusion Program Wins Advocate of the Year Award

Sophia Galvin, director of inclusion programs in the Office of Workforce Engagement and Development, has been selected as Advocate of the Year by the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council for her contributions to developing minority businesses, including those on the Miller School/UHealth campus.

In her acceptance speech at the Council’s 37th Annual Awards Gala at Jungle Island last month, Galvin joked that she was grateful to be recognized for a job that she “would almost do for free.”

“I am successful in my role because I work for an institution that believes in diversity and inclusion, including supplier diversity,” she said.

Galvin was nominated by Susana Robledo, Chief Executive Officer of Cube Care, a UM-approved vendor that has helped enhance workspaces at University of Miami Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Marcia Beckford, Assistant Vice President for Workforce Engagement and Development, credits Galvin with developing highly successful business programs that support the University’s commitment to supplier diversity.

“Sophia deserves to be recognized for her efforts,” said Beckford. “She is a role model for the type of leadership we value.”

With Galvin’s help, the University has established several supplier diversity programs, including a mentor/protégé program in which University executives are paired with minority business owners; UMatch, a series of industry-specific events that target women- and minority-owned businesses; reverse networking programs that market women- and minority-owned businesses to end users; and Vendor in the Spotlight, a vendor recognition program designed to showcase businesses that exceed the University’s standards for superior service and competitive pricing.

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