The partners and families of the Darden School students are an integral part of the Darden community. Not only do the partners provide support to their students while at Darden, but they are also very active in supporting the Darden School and the Charlottesville area. The Darden Partners Association (DPA) is an organization run by Darden student partners who organize volunteer efforts and social activities, and also provide job and childcare resources.
Two partners of Darden MBA students blog about their experiences living and working in Charlottesville. Visit the Darden Blogs page to read their posts.
The DPA organizes monthly and weekly activities throughout the school year and over the summer. These activities include happy hours, walking groups, book clubs, trivia nights, movie dates and dinner at local restaurants and partners’ houses. These events enable partners to meet new friends, share common experiences and explore the Charlottesville area together.
The DPA is very involved in giving back to the Charlottesville community. The DPA has organized blood drives, worked with the Ronald McDonald House and is an active participant in Darden-sponsored community events such as the Darden 5K and Building Goodness in April.
Job listings for the Charlottesville area are compiled and posted on the DPA website for both current and incoming partners. Current partners are a great resource for questions about different job industries, the application and interview process, and career options while living in Charlottesville.
Through a dedicated family committee, the DPA plans kid-friendly activities. Outings to the Virginia Discovery Museum, picnics and birthday parties are a few to mention. The committee also coordinates playgroups and babysitting for most orientation and social events. It is a great resource for expectant parents and for those with questions on childcare and other child-related concerns.
The international committee of the DPA serves as a resource for incoming international partners by answering questions about relocating to Charlottesville and adjusting to Darden as an international. The international committee is available for advice, but it also plans activities to introduce cultures and traditions to the other Darden partners. Another excellent resource for international student partners is UVA’s Lorna Sundberg International Center. The center offers a variety of intercultural experiences, classes and resources on getting acclimated to Charlottesville and sharing one’s own culture.
Video: Balancing Family Life with Darden's MBA Program
A Second Year student talks about how the Darden Partners Association and supportive community helped him balance Darden’s MBA program with family life: