Happy Pride Month! Founded in 1991 as the Darden Gay Network, Pride at Darden (PAD) is a student

club dedicated to promoting an inclusive, open and welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ students; educating and improving awareness of LGBTQ+ issues within Darden; and creating and strengthening connections with diversity-friendly employers, other business schools and other LGBTQ+ communities in the Charlottesville area.

The new PAD leadership team (featured in header image) includes: Cheyenne Johnson (President); Justin Trinidad (VP of Operations); Chris Kraft (VP of Events); Edward Couvillion (VP of Careers); Alex Smith (VP of Finance); Madeleine Parker (VP of Ally Engagement/Drag Show); Ben Coleman (VP of Admissions); Rowan Rice (VP of Communications & Marketing). Read more about diversity at Darden.

Meet the new president of PAD, Cheyenne Johnson (Class of 2022):

Cheyenne Johnson, Class of 2022

Cheyenne Johnson (she/her)

President, Pride at Darden

Hometown: Ojai, California

Why Darden? The collaborative community at Darden provides the support you need to get through the program’s rigorous curriculum, and the case method gives you the chance to practice real world decision making.

Why Pride at Darden (PAD)? Every June, we celebrate Pride Month both to rejoice in the progress we’ve made and to remind ourselves of how far we still have to go. I joined Pride at Darden to be a part of that path forward, to help build an inclusive community where you are safe to love who you love and be your whole, uncompromising self.

Fun Fact: I basically grew up in a mini-zoo. As a kid, I had 3 cats, 3 parrots, 4 doves, 2 guinea pigs, 3 mice, 4 freshwater crabs, 1 black Labrador, and an uncountable number of fish.

Tip for Applicants: Start early and be yourself throughout the admissions process.

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