Darden will be attending a series of LGBT events with Inside the MBA this fall. To help prospective students learn more about Darden’s LGBT community, Ori Dekel, Second Year student and GLAD president, wrote this blog post about his experiences in the Darden community:
The business school application process can be a very challenging with so many considerations. What type of teaching style do I prefer? What type of community do I want to be a part of? What types of companies come to recruit at each school? The list goes on and on. For me, as a gay applicant, this was just another question to add to the list. How would I fit in at business school?
One of the things I had continually heard about Darden was how it has such a close-knit community. Since arriving at Darden, I was happy to know that this close-knit and inclusive community translated into support from my classmates. Darden uses the case-method of learning, which relies on classmates coming to class with different perspectives and approaching each case from different angles. Because it is so fundamentally linked to the classroom experience, diversity and inclusion are an important way of life for Darden. In fact, last year, hundreds of Darden students and staff donned “Love is Love” t-shirts as part of the University of Virginia’s and Darden’s week-long campaign for awareness and support of the LGBT community.
Through my time at Darden, it has become clear that my classmates truly value individuals foremost on merit, performance and contributions to the broader community. As you get to know Darden better, I’m confident that you’ll experience this ethos as well.
With that in mind, we would like to invite all LGBT candidates and active LGBT advocates to visit us in three upcoming Inside the MBA events:
- 20 October, Boston
- 3 November, San Francisco
- 10 November, New York City
These opportunities to engage with the admissions office will allow you to obtain a better feel for the LGBT community and its engagement at Darden. To register for these events, click here.
If you are unable to attend one of these events or would like further information on the LGBT community at Darden, please visit the Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Darden website or contact me (DekelO13@darden.virginia.edu) with any questions.
Class of 2013