Engaging With Students

  • The Institute for Business in Society engages with students through a variety of activities, including events, conferences, courses and case studies.

    Curriculum and Case Studies

    Darden faculty incorporate Institute for Business in Society cases into their classes, enhancing students' understanding of subjects within the institute's portfolio of initiatives. Cases used in the classroom prepare MBA students with real-world challenges and frameworks to apply to the issues they will face as future business leaders.

    In addition, the institute's Academic Directors and other faculty have created courses and programs which help students tackle critical business and society issues, such as:

    New Models of Business in Society

    Institute for Business in Society Academic Director R. Edward Freeman developed and taught through Coursera the massive open online course (MOOC) "New Models of Business in Society." The course examines the critical role that business plays in society and discusses the new models of business that are changing the way that companies create value. Read about Freeman and his course on the the institute's blog.

    National Debt Seminar

    Institute for Business in Society Academic Director Mary Margaret Frank developed a pan-University of Virginia elective, the National Debt Seminar, to engage students from a variety of disciplines, including law, business, public policy, public health, nursing, and engineering. After gaining common knowledge on the background and status of the National Debt, the students decided what issues are most pertinent for young adults to understand. Next, students worked in teams to produce an online educational video about the national debt, which aims to increase awareness among young adults.

    “The Business Leader in Washington, D.C.” MBA Elective Courses

    These MBA courses seek to draw on the immense resources of the D.C. region to explore the business challenges faced by leading and important industries in the context of government austerity and the sequester. The course includes meeting with senior executives in business, government and society.

    Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows

    The Tri-Sector Leaders Fellowship program brings together students and professors from three of the university’s graduate schools, the Darden School of Business, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the School of Law, to address society’s increasingly complex challenges through cross-sector collaboration.

    The Tri-Sector Leadership Fellows Program is administered by the Institute for Business in Society and facilitated by faculty across all three schools. Faculty, as well as external speakers spanning the fields of business, law and public policy, lead the students in investigating real-world problems, thinking critically about current practices and proposing new solutions to address complex social issues.

    Events and Initiatives

    The Institute for Business in Society also works with several student organizations at the Darden School to support events featuring speakers who increase awareness and discussion about business in society issues. The institute sponsors the annual Business in Society Conference, in which several Darden student clubs such as Business & Public Policy, Net Impact, Energy, Education, Emerging Markets Development and Health Care organize topical panel discussions about current issues in their respective fields.

    The institute also supports student engagement through activities such as:

    • Darden Nonprofit Internship Fund (DNIF): DNIF is a program funded by both students and the Darden School that helps First Year students defray summer living expenses while pursuing internships within nonprofit organizations.
    • Social Impact Careers: Darden has seen an increasing number of MBA students interested in social impact and sustainability careers. The School's Career Development Center can help students plot their career path.
    • Global Business and Field Experiences: The Institute for Business in Society supports global learning opportunities by encouraging the participation of organizations and MBA students focused on social impact.