Darden Diversity Conference


Thu, 3 - Sat, 5 Oct


Darden School of Business
100 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
The Darden Diversity Conference is an opportunity for prospective students to experience how Darden embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion.

The Darden School of Business is a thriving community of MBA students, faculty and alumni from a diverse array of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural, socio-economic and sexual orientations. The Darden Diversity Conference is an opportunity for prospective students to experience how Darden embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion, and it has a special focus for prospective students from diverse backgrounds, including women, LGBTQ and members of under-represented racial or ethnic communities. 

During the two-day event, participants will be able to:

  • Participate in a mock case
  • Learn about affinity clubs
  • Connect with members of the Darden community
  • Network with employers and alumni 
  • Experience life at UVA and Charlottesville  

Application Process

The application is now closed for this event.

  • Benefits for Applicants

    Conference attendees planning to apply for matriculation Fall 2020 will be able to schedule an interview during the Diversity Conference (space permitting). On your Diversity Conference application, please indicate the round in which you intend to apply (Early Action, Round 1, etc.). If selected to attend the Diversity Conference, you will receive additional information about scheduling your interview in the weeks leading up to the event.

    Interviews will be slotted on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to those candidates applying in our Early Action round. To maximize your interview options, we recommend arriving earlier in the day on Thursday.

    We may not be able to accommodate all interview requests during the conference period. If you are not scheduled for an interview on Thursday or Friday, we will offer you the opportunity to interview via Skype or in-person in Charlottesville on another date. 

  • Event Logistics

    Lodging is provided for both Thursday and Friday nights, free of charge. All participants will have the option of being hosted at the home of a current student or staying in a nearby hotel. Participants will need to find their own transportation to/from UVA Darden in Charlottesville, Virginia.

     Participants should plan to arrive by Thursday for a welcome reception and dinner. Official programming will begin early Friday morning.

  • Sample Schedule

    The following schedule is subject to change: 

    Thursday, 3 October 2019
    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Admissions Interviews
    3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration/Check-In
    5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner with Darden Students
    Friday, 4 October 2019
    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
    9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Keynote and Admissions Overview
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Mock Class
    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Career Overview & Student Panel
    12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch & Alumni Guest Speaker
    1:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Admissions Interviews
    1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Breakout Session: Faculty & Staff Diversity Perspectives 
    2:20 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Breakout Session: Gender Goes Global
    3:10 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Tour of the Darden Grounds
    4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Darden Student Panel
    5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Travel to Downtown Charlottesville
    6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dinner on the Downtown Mall
    After Dinner Informal Programming & Social Activities
    Saturday, 5 October 2019
    All Day Optional Activities/Depart On Your Own

Diversity Conference FAQ