Hispanic American Network at Darden

  • HAND Logo 2018

    The Hispanic American Network at Darden represents the interests of Hispanic American students; creates awareness and promotes the Darden School to prospective Hispanic American MBA candidates; creates, maintains, and strengthens ties with Hispanic American Darden alumni; supports career development opportunities for its membership; and partners with the Darden community to promote a forum for exploration of diversity within the Darden, University of Virginia, and Charlottesville communities and businesses at large. Membership in HAND is open to all students interested in participating in the Hispanic community at Darden and promoting the purposes of the organization.

    HAND Board 2018

    Hispanic and Latinx Students at Darden WEbinar | September 2018

    Hispanic and Latinx Students at Darden Webinar | October 2017

    Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.


    Our events range from social events that aim to share our culture with the rest of the student body to recruitment preparation sessions to ensure our members enter the busy recruitment season full prepared.

    • Latino Leadership Speaker Series
    • Making the Business Case for Inclusion Diversity Recruiting event
    • Sponsorship to attend inter-collegiate career conferences (Prospanica and Columbia Career Summit)
    • Coaching from Darden Second Year students and recent alumni
    • Social lunches, dinners, and happy hours to celebrate Hispanic Heritage
    • Salsa Nights, Mariachi Nights
    • Community Service

    Helping HANDs Admissions Assistance Program

    The Hispanic American Network at Darden invites prospective students to participate in our Helping HANDs essay review and admissions assistance program. Our goal is to help you put forth your best business school application possible by giving you feedback on your Darden admissions essay and answering any questions you may have along the way.

    If you would like to participate, please email HAND@darden.virginia.edu and you will be paired with a current student who will review your essay and send you comments. Your reviewer will also be available to answer any general questions you have about the admissions process. 

    Leadership Team

    We welcome prospective students to reach out to members of our leadership team to learn more about the Hispanic American Network at Darden.

    • President: Kelly Bonilla
    • VP of Sponsorships and Corporate Relations: Brian Agredano
    • VP of Education and Careers: Carissa Sanchez
    • VP of Finance: Ana Diaz
    • VP of Marketing and Communications: Javier Pluta

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    Current Sponsors

    Thank you to all of our company sponsors who support our mission and make all of our events possible.

    • Ernst & Young
    • Accenture
    • Liberty Mutual
    • PWC
    • Parthenon
    • Amazon
    • J.P. Morgan
    • Harris Williams
    • General Motors
    • Marsh & McLennan Companies
    • Mastercard