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Diversity at Darden

Vibrant. Inclusive. Highly Engaged.

The Darden School improves the world by developing and inspiring responsible leaders and by advancing knowledge. We commit to develop the School’s ability to leverage our diversity — the multitude of differences among all of our stakeholders — to achieve excellence in business education in today’s complex global marketplace. We do so in the service of our mission, adhering to an unwavering commitment to fairness and equity. 

Work to leverage difference at Darden flows through three funnels of activity: entry, experience and exit.

  • Entry

    Darden invites globally diverse students, alumni, faculty and staff to the School through rigorous and fair processes that ensure the community is comprised of a variety of voices. 

    The School’s goal is to enhance the diversity of students, faculty and staff who come to Darden by:

    1. Continuing to collaborate with diversity partners for all of degree programs
    2. Looking for new pipelines for hiring diverse faculty and staff
  • Experience

    The School develops practices and cultivates a culture that reflects and incorporates the worldviews of diverse community members. In this inclusive culture, the community learns important — and sometimes uncomfortable — truths from one another, which results in more educated global leaders and citizens.

    Darden’s goal is to be a more inclusive, vibrant, and high performing environment by:

    1. Establishing an “Inclusive Darden” training and development program for faculty and staff
    2. Leveraging local and world events to engage the community in constructive conversation
  • Exit

    Darden leverages networks of alumni, faculty and staff who, though no longer operating solely within the walls of Darden, remain partners of and resources for the School.

    The School’s goal is to heighten connectivity to external stakeholders, especially those who have previously been a part of Darden, by: 

    1. Planning with alumni engagement staff and alumni chapter leadership to ensure School offerings and events appeal to a broad audience.
    2. Working with School leadership boards and committees to achieve representation that ensures all stakeholder voices are heard.

    Darden's diversity and inclusion efforts are led by Senior Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer Martin Davidson. To ensure we stay on task, we will continue to monitor and respond strategically to admissions and hiring data; feedback from students, staff, faculty and alumni; retention and turnover data; faculty development; and alumni engagement and giving. 

    Darden will be the best business school in the world at attracting, incorporating and leveraging diverse perspectives in ways that continuously improve the performance and enrich the experience of everyone within the Darden enterprise.

A Diverse MBA Community


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. Because of the highly participatory nature of the MBA program — both inside and outside of the classroom — Darden actively recruits and fosters a diverse MBA community.

Members of the Office of Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Martin Davidson

Martin N. Davidson

Johnson and Higgins Professor of Business Administration Senior Associate Dean and Global Chief Diversity Officer


Christie Julien

Assistant Dean for Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Sophie Eckrich (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Austin, TX, ya'll!

Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas at Austin

Undergraduate Major: Sociology, Social Entrepreneurship & International Development

Pre-MBA Industry/Functional Area: Entrepreneurship, fashion, sustainability

Areas of Career Interest: Consulting, Strategy 

Darden Clubs and Leadership: VP Academics, Hispanic American Network at Darden (HAND); VP Admissions, Consulting Club; Liaison, Darden Consortium

Why Darden? A community of thoughtful, driven, and incredible humans who are there to support each other through every step of this journey, set in the most beautiful and peaceful town of Charlottesville, VA!

Learn more about Sophie's entrepreneurial background in this Discover Darden post, Darden Student ‘Builds Bridges, Not Borders’ with Artisan Footwear


Miranda Grueiro (she/her/hers)

Hometown: Bushkill, PA

Undergraduate Institution: Penn State University

Undergraduate Major: Industrial Engineering

Pre-MBA Industry/Functional Area: Continuous Improvement Engineer / Manufacturing

Areas of Career Interest: General Management, Technology

Darden Clubs and Leadership: VP of Diversity, Darden Student Association (DSA); Hispanic American Network at Darden (HAND); Black Business Student Association (BBSA); Darden African Business Organization (DABO); Wine and Cuisine Club (WACC); and Global Business and Culture Club (GBCC)

Why Darden? While looking at business schools, I wanted to find a program that aligned with my desire to become a well rounded leader. Darden offered a challenging education experience that was supported by world class faculty and the most welcoming, encouraging, and beautiful community I could ask for. 

2019 Darden Diversity Conference

Watch: Creating Space at Darden to Share Your Authentic Self

UVA Darden School of Business MBA students, alumni and staff share how the Darden community has emphasized creating a space for crucial conversations and continued work on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Diversity at Darden Blog