The Darden School of Business seeks to create an inclusive and diverse community of students, faculty, professionals and alumni. We work to recruit and empower leaders who are committed to fostering fairness and equality in our increasingly diverse society. The Darden community is rich in its representation of perspectives and world views, and we actively seek to incorporate this diversity into the student experience at Darden and beyond.

Diversity in the Classroom

Darden’s case method of instruction thrives from the diverse range of backgrounds and views represented in the classroom. Having a diverse community enhances classroom discussions and challenges students to explore real business problems by examining perspectives different from their own. Through this approach, students become effective leaders who are able to make an impact around the world.

Diversity in Student Life

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) provides advising services for individuals and student organizations. OSA serves as a resource for academic and co-curricular support and strives to provide an inclusive and engaging network for Darden students from all backgrounds.

Darden has 15 student affinity clubs that serve to enhance the quality of student life and represent students of different nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations. In addition, the Diversity Student Advisory Group exists to advance cultural intelligence and sensitivity in the greater Darden community. The group serves as a sounding board for current issues, provides a venue for challenges to be heard and examined, and empowers students to create educational programming.

Recruiting a Diverse Class

Creating a diverse class of incoming students is important, and the admissions staff in each of our programs — MBA, MBA for Executives, Global MBA for Executives, PhD and Executive Education — works tirelessly to recruit and attract the best students to Darden.

Instead of hosting one diversity-specific event, we incorporate diversity into all of our Open Houses. Prospective students can have dinner the evening before the event with students in our Affinity Clubs and are invited to an end-of-day gathering hosted by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Darden has established a number of partnerships and alliances with organizations committed to increasing the representation of underrepresented populations in business. As a founding member of the Forté Foundation, we are committed to educating and empowering women to pursue leadership roles in business. We also partner with the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, National Society of Hispanic MBAs and National Black MBA Association to recruit top talent and correct the under-representation of minorities in leadership positions.

Diversity Video Series

We invite you to hear our stories of diversity through the Darden Diversity Video Series found on YouTube. You can view a trailer of the videos below: 


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