Centers & Initiatives

Darden Center for Global Initiatives

Center for Global Initiatives DWC offering

We build Darden's global community. 

Learn all about the Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) and its mission to strengthen and expand Darden's global community, in Charlottesville and around the world, by providing educational opportunities and by building partnerships.

  • Mission and Vision

    The Darden Center for Global Initiatives (DCGI) enhances global business education at Darden and expands the School’s visibility and influence around the world through its academic and student life programming, and global partnerships and network.


    DCGI aims to bridge Darden and the world.


    DCGI strengthens and expands Darden’s global community, in Charlottesville and around the world, by providing educational opportunities and by building partnerships.


    DCGI is supported by the Tayloe Murphy Endowment, a 1962 gift from an anonymous donor honoring prominent banker and legislator W. Tayloe Murphy, in "recognition of his support” of Darden.


    Darden’s network presents many opportunities for student and faculty learning, research and influence. In 2021-2022, Darden connected with 157 countries and territories through various programs, activities and visits. 

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  • Global Videos

    Purpose Travels Well

    Darden Worldwide Courses are week-long courses led by Darden faculty outside the United States in March and May. Each course provides the opportunity to visit a different country and experience its business practices and cultures firsthand. Courses include classes with leadership speakers as well as onsite visits to companies, governmental agencies and cultural sites. The videos below include footage from the Sweden Darden Worldwide Course and the Iceland Darden Worldwide Course, which took place in March 2022.

    The Sweden DWC focused on entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability. Through various meetings with Swedish entrepreneurs, government and business leaders, and company visits, students learned how the business community in Stockholm creates a robust ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.

    The Iceland DWC focused on renewable energy resources. Students explored the sources of geothermal and hydroelectric energy, the power plants that harness heat and water to deliver energy to most of the country’s population, emerging efforts to convert Iceland’s strong winds into electricity, and a cutting-edge project to capture carbon dioxide emissions and lock them into basaltic rock.

    Check out more videos about global courses and experiences at Darden!

  • Contact Us

    Darden’s global headquarters are located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Darden has field offices in the Washington, D.C. area and Shanghai. The School also has representatives in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Darden presence in Shanghai is part of the University of Virginia China Office, which strengthens the University’s academic programs, research, alumni engagement, student recruitment, and outreach to other key regions in Asia.

    Charlottesville, Virginia

    Office Location

    100 Darden Boulevard
    Charlottesville, VA 22903

    +1-434-924-3900 (general main line)

    Center for Global Initiatives

    [email protected]

    Katherine Beach
    Executive Director
    [email protected]


    Washington, D.C., Area

    Greg Fairchild
    Associate Dean for Washington, D.C. Area Initiatives and Academic Director of Public Policy and Entrepreneurship
    [email protected]

    LeAnne Berlin
    Program and Administrative Coordinator, D.C. Area Initiatives
    [email protected]

    Contact information for the Darden team in D.C., as well as office locations and general contact information, can be found on the D.C. Contact Us page.


    San Francisco Bay Area

    Robyn Swift
    Director, West Coast Initiatives
    [email protected]


    Shanghai, China

    曹波 Doris Cao
    Director, China Initiatives
    [email protected] 

    Office Location

    55 West Fuxing Road, Room 101
    Xuhui District, Shanghai 200031 China


    Find Us on Social Media

    WeChat: UVaDarden

    UVA China Office
    WeChat: UVaChinaOffice


    Mumbai, India

    Sannam S4
    Hemant Das

    Providing Principal Advisor services, for Darden’s India Initiatives
    +91 9987951221 
    [email protected]