• Learn about the partnerships, events, community resources and contacts for underrepresented minority MBA students.

    In the webinar embedded below (filmed September 2017), Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer Martin Davidson discusses diversity and inclusion throughout the communities of Darden and Charlottesville, VA.

  • Diversity Partnerships & Alliances

    Darden partners with a variety of diversity organizations that strive to increase the representation of minorities, women and other populations historically underrepresented in business and MBA programs.

    The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

    The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is the country’s preeminent organization for promoting diversity and inclusion in American business. Through an annual competition, member schools award merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to America’s best and brightest diverse candidates. The Consortium has built a legacy of fostering inclusion and changing the ethnic and cultural face of American business.

    If you are a Consortium applicant and would like to learn more about applying to Darden via the Consortium, please visit our Consortium Application Process page.

    Graduate Horizons

    Graduate Horizons is a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates and master's students in preparing for graduate school (master's, Ph.D. or professional school). Graduate Horizons partners with 45 university graduate/professional degree programs where admission officers, professors and deans mentor and advise students on the admissions process, professional/career development and the various fields of study, research and graduate programs available.

    JumpStart Advisory Group

    JumpStart Advisory Group (JSAG) provides professional development opportunities for women and minority students exploring careers in consulting, financial services and management. Through JumpStart Diversity Forums and customized on-site training sessions, JSAG offers students the kind of insight, education and exposure to industry professionals that creates a powerful competitive edge.

    Management Leadership for Tomorrow

    A national nonprofit organization, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), has made groundbreaking progress to correct the dramatic underrepresentation of minorities in leadership positions. MLT works to increase the number of minorities in institutions that develop talent, such as first-tier business schools and high-profile companies.

    National Society of Hispanic MBAs

    Darden is an official university partner for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). NSHMBA works to prepare Hispanics for leadership positions throughout the United States so that they can provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity vital in the management of the nation’s diverse work force. NSHMBA serves 28 chapters and 6,000 members in the United States and Puerto Rico.

    National Black MBA Association

    The National Black MBA Association is dedicated to creating partnerships that result in creating intellectual and economic wealth in the black community. In partnership with over 400 of the country’s top business organizations, the association has inroads into a wide range of industries as well as the public and private sector.

    The PhD Project

    The PhD Project's expansive network helps African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Native Americans attain their business PhD, become business professors and mentor the next generation. As faculty, they serve as role models, attracting and mentoring minority students while improving the preparation of all students for our diverse workplace and society.

    Riordan MBA Fellows

    The Riordan Scholars Program is a pioneering career-based outreach program that motivates high school students from diverse backgrounds and under-served communities to consider and prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship and professional development.

    Teach for America

    The Darden School partners with Teach for America to provide the following opportunities for corps members:

    • Two-year deferral for students who are admitted to the program and choose to join Teach For America (applicable to incoming corps members and exiting corps members who apply during their two years of service)
    • Waives application fee for exiting corps members who apply during their two-year commitment
    • Provides one half-tuition scholarship for applicants, renewable over two years, provided the student remains in good academic standing

    Ten School Diversity Alliance

    The mission of the Ten School Diversity Alliance is to have an impact on and influence the diversity of MBA campuses, organizations and the global community. It also strives to increase awareness of and participation in graduate management education by underrepresented populations.

    Toigo Foundation

    The Robert Toigo Foundation has worked to change the face of the financial services industry. Bob and Sue Toigo, active leaders in the industry through business and political work, created the Financial Services Fellowship (FSF) to increase opportunities for minorities in the field.

    Contact a Diversity Organization Student Ambassador

    If you have any questions about the diversity organizations below or how they relate to Darden, please feel free to contact these student ambassadors:


    Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida                        
    Undergraduate Major: Business Economics
    Pre-MBA Industry: Retail
    Area of Career Interest: Technology                       
    Summer Internship: The Boston Consulting Group 
    Clubs: Black Business Student Association, Ed-Consulting Club, Outdoors Club, Second Year Career Coach        
    Why Darden: I chose Darden because I wanted to get the best educational experience in the world and gain access to the best companies in the technology and consulting industries.                        
    Email: ConstantineD19@darden.virginia.edu  

    ximena velez

    Hometown: Santa Cruz, Bolivia / Washington, D.C.
    Undergraduate Institution: Saint Mary's College                        
    Undergraduate Major: Biology
    Pre-MBA Industry: Consulting
    Area of Career Interest: Strategy, Marketing                   
    Summer Internship: Starbucks
    Clubs: Hispanic American Network at Darden   
    Why Darden: Darden has an incredibly supportive and close-knit community.  Whether it's in the classroom, through clubs, or at social events, the sense of community is very much alive.                           
    Email: VelezX19@darden.virginia.edu    

    zhana edmonds

    Hometown: Norfolk, VA 
    Undergraduate Institution: George Mason University                        
    Undergraduate Major: Marketing
    Pre-MBA Industry: Digital Advertising, Event Management
    Area of Career Interest: Marketing                       
    Summer Internship: Marketing Analyst Intern; Expedia Group
    Clubs: Black Business Student Association, Hispanic American Network at Darden, Darden African Business Organization, Graduate Women in Business, Wine & Cuisine Club, Marketing Club, Tech Club   
    Why Darden: Darden's community is strong and supportive.  While applying that's all alum talked about.  Since I've been here at Darden I've had the chance to really feel how great the community truly is!                         
    Email: EdmondsZ19@darden.virginia.edu                                

    cecily sackey 

    Hometown: Hamilton, NJ
    Undergraduate Institution: Yale University                         
    Undergraduate Major: African Studies
    Pre-MBA Industry: Enterprise Sales
    Area of Career Interest: Technology                       
    Summer Internship: Facebook 
    Clubs: Black Business Student Association, Darden African Business Organization, Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club, Retail and Luxury Good Club    
    Why Darden: Darden has an incredible community which you can feel when you step on grounds.  Although there will be times when you'll be challenged, your peers and your professors will hold you up!                  
    Email: SackeyC19@darden.virginia.edu

    christina gonsalves 

    Hometown: Montclair, NJ
    Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University                         
    Undergraduate Major: Psychology and Business Management
    Pre-MBA Industry: Advertising
    Area of Career Interest: Product Management                       
    Summer Internship: Microsoft - Product Marketing Manager 
    Clubs: Black Business Student Association, Graduate Women in Business, Consortium Liaison 
    Why Darden: I wanted a Consortium School, a program centered on the case method, and community-focused learning.  Darden hit all three - out of the park!
    Email: GonsalvesC19@darden.virginia.edu   

    Diversity Events

    Darden students, alumni and faculty host and attend a variety of diversity-related events and conferences each year.

    National Black MBA Conference at Darden

    The annual National Black MBA Conference is an important networking and recruiting event for Darden students and alumni. To learn more about the event, visit the Black Business Student Forum (BBSF).

    International Food Festival at Darden

    One of Darden’s most popular and largest student-run social events, the International Food Festival brings together students, faculty and staff to enjoy delicious food and drinks from around the world. The Darden International Business Society hosts the annual event, which is always a culinary and cultural delight. To learn more, watch the following video:

    Black Business Student Forum (BBSF) Conference

    The annual BBSF Conference held on the Darden Grounds each spring focuses on relevant topics in the community including, but not limited to:

    • Emerging Domestic Markets
    • Social Venture Capital and Philanthropy
    • Urban Education
    • Health Care

    Latin American Student Association (LASA) Conference

    The annual LASA Conference at Darden gives students an opportunity to discuss Latin America’s economic and political situation as well as challenges and trends in emerging markets.

    National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Conference

    Each year, Darden students and alumni attend the NSHMBA Conference. The event features distinguished speakers and a career expo that serves as a pavilion of job opportunities for thousands of Hispanic MBA professionals and students looking for a promising career.

    Student Affinity Clubs

    Darden has a wide range of affinity student organizations that serve to enhance the quality of MBA student life. The clubs organize events for the Darden Community and provide resources and support throughout business school.

    You can also view the complete list of student organizations.