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Prospective Students From a Broad Array of Backgrounds Enjoy Darden’s Diversity Week

By Susannah Fuller-

UVA Darden recently hosted the Darden Diversity Conference, a student-planned, two-day admissions event designed to give prospective students a glimpse of life at Darden. The event was open to all, but women, as well as prospective students from underrepresented ethnic/racial backgrounds, and/or LGBTQ+ communities, were highly encouraged to attend.

A Full Weekend of Events

The Diversity Conference featured a wide range of student-coordinated programming, included student-hosted dinners at popular Charlottesville restaurants, student-led panels exploring diversity and inclusion at Darden, thought-provoking discussions about issues facing underrepresented communities in business schools and much more.

Darden’s Chief Global Diversity Officer, Martin Davidson led a mock class and case discussion, giving participants the opportunity to wrestle with tough leadership issues and experience the excitement and impact of the case method firsthand.

Zakiah Pierre, Associate Director of Diversity initiatives, spoke with the attendees about the many opportunities for student involvement at Darden, from social and athletic clubs to affinity and career-related organizations. She also highlighted the various initiatives and awareness weeks that Darden features throughout the year on diversity, inclusion, gender and resilience.

Application Tips and More!

Darden is a longtime member of the Consortium of Graduate Students in Management (CGSM), and attendees received an overview of how to apply to Darden through the Consortium’s streamlined application process. Attendees were also offered the opportunity to meet one-on-one with members of the admissions commitee, and participants who planned to apply for Fall 2019 matriculation were able to conduct their admissions interview during their time on grounds.


To close out the conference, the prospective students were treated to a reception and dinner at the Fitzroy, a lively restaurant on Charlottesville’s Downtown pedestrian mall.

However, Saturday evening was also a time of reflection and dialogue. Prior to the dinner, current students took attendees to the site of the August, 2017 rallies and the Heather Heyer memorial. By shedding light on the raw emotions that many in Charlottesville felt in the wake of these events, students were able to share how the town has healed and continues to heal, and how Darden students have found community within one another. It was a poignant end to an exciting and thought-provoking weekend.

We encourage you to come to Charlottesville and experience Darden’s rich diversity for yourself. We will be hosting class visits as well as a Showcase event in the coming weeks, and additional details about these events (and more) can be found on our Visit Darden page. We hope to see you soon!