Darden Student Life
Darden Student Association is an umbrella organization
for all Darden students and groups. These groups include intramural sports,
Outreach at Darden (community service organization), the University Honor Committee,
the University Judiciary Committee, and the University Student Council. All
students registered for courses at Darden are members of the DSA.
The Darden Student Association Social Committee is responsible
for hosting and coordinating a variety of non-academic social activities throughout
the year. The committee is comprised of representatives of both the first- and
Peers@Darden pairs first- and second-years in a program
is designed to help foster relationships between students. Early in the year,
activities will be planned in order for the students from the two classes to
get to know each other better and to assist in continuing their relationships
throughout the school year.
Outreach at Darden seeks to help students get involved
in the Charlottesville community. Encourages the spirit of giving, contributes
Dardens diverse talents to Charlottesville, and fosters community involvement
in future business leaders.
The Asian Business Club seeks to increase awareness
within Darden about Asia, as well as increase awareness about Darden within
Asia. The club organizes and supports cultural and academic activities, recruitment
and professional activities, and admissions activities, and communicates and
supports relevant initiatives of related committees and organizations within
Darden, such as the Inter national Business Society and the International Advisory
The Black Business Student Forum develops programs that
promote academic excellence, support professional development, provide a forum
for social activities and participate in community outreach. Founded over a
decade ago, the BBSF is organized for and focused on bringing together the past,
present, and future Darden African American Communities.
Christian Fellowship is a non-denominational fellowship
group seeking to encourage and strengthen the faith of Christian students, faculty,
The Darden African Business Organization links Darden
to Africa formally and informally, and provides all Darden staff and students
an opportunity to learn more about African businesses, economies, culture and
political framework. The club works to keep abreast of developments in Africa
on a regular basis.
The Darden Jewish Student Association serves to further
awareness of Jewish Culture, tradition and history within the Darden community
through educational and social avenues. The DJSA cultivates and supports a friendly
community for students to congregate, converse, and network. As a social organization,
membership is open to all students, not just those who practice a religious
faith. Social activities are planned for both club members and Darden as a whole.
The Darden Military Association assists first year students
in making the transition from the military to the private sector, performs volunteer
community service in Charlottesville, builds esprit de corps and camaraderie
within the Darden community, and hosts lively leisure events.
Darden Partners Association is an active support group
for the spouses, families, and significant others of Darden students. Helps
its members make a smooth transition to Charlottesville and the Darden Community
through hospitality, job network, family resource, community service, and social
The European Society increases the exposure of Darden
in Europe and of Europe in Darden, and strives to increase of the number of
European students in Darden.
Gays, Lesbians, and Friends at Darden helps to create
an environment in which gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the Darden community
are comfortable being open about their sexual orientation.
Graduate Women in Business at Darden promotes the role
of professional women by providing opportunities for women to express their
role in todays society and by establishing alumnae networking that last
a lifetime. Provides a forum to discuss the issues and challenges women face
in their careers and other activities that build awareness of women in leadership
position; allows both female and male students, who are interested in promoting
the role of professional women, to share experiences, find support and develop
constructive plans for action.
The Hispanic American Network represents the interests
of Hispanic American students; creates awareness and promotes Darden to prospective
Hispanic American M.B.A. candidates; creates, maintains, and strengthens ties
with Hispanic American Darden alumni; supports career development opportunities
for its membership; and partners with the Darden community to promote a forum
for exploration of diversity within the Darden, University of Virginia, and
Charlottesville communities and businesses at large.
The International Business Society promotes the internationalization
of business at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration and the
University of Virginia. Serves as a forum for students who are interested in
international business ventures. sponsors programs that support academic diversity,
enhances professional opportunities for its membership, maintains ties with
international alumni, promotes Darden to prospective students and offers cultural
events and the Global Speaker Forum.
The Latin American Student Association is committed
to providing students of Latin decent and others with interest in Latin cultures
within the Darden community a forum to pursue cultural, professional and social
activities and opportunities.
The M.B.A./J.D. Society serves as a focal point for
communication between M.B.A./J.D. students and the Law and Business School administrations,
faculty, student body, alumni, and prospective students. It promotes the exchange
of information and advice among M.B.A./J.D.s, improves the functioning of the
M.B.A./J.D. Program and lobbies on behalf of M.B.A./J.D. students, and sponsors
events and activities which promote interaction among the law and business school
Career Focus Groups
The Business Technology Club provides a forum for students
interested in working in technology intensive industries and students interested
in understanding the role and opportunities that technology creates for improving
the performance of organizations of all types.
The Consulting Club has as its primary goal informing
the Darden Community on the opportunities available in the consulting industry
and then providing interested students with the resources and assistance necessary
to fulfill these opportunities.
Darden Capital Management is focused on promoting the
interest and experience of its members in investment management industry. One
of the main responsibilities of the Club is managing the Darden Fund, Jefferson
Fund, and Monticello Fund. The three Funds have over $1,500,000.00 in assets
and are part of the schools endowment, which has been set aside for Darden
students to manage.
Darden Private Equity Network seeks to build and develop
a network of Darden students and alumni professionals with common interest in
private equity investing ranging from angel stage and venture capital to leveraged
buyouts and turnaround situations, and to provide career training for students
and continuing education for active alumni investors.
The Energy Club assists the students in gathering information
about and facilitating employment in energy-related companies.
The Entrepreneurial and Venture Capital Club is Dardens
forum for sharing and gaining ideas about starting and building new ventures.
The club provides an opportunity to meet successful entrepreneurs, sponsors
educational lectures on the many facets of starting a business, helps students
formulate business plans for the spring Business Plan Competition, and assists
students in career searches.
The Finance Club works to increase the visibility and
understanding of various careers in Finance including investment banking, commercial
banking, finance positions in corporations, money management and financial consulting;
helps members to find jobs in various areas of Finance; increases members professional
knowledge; and fosters friendship among the Finance Club, particularly first
years and second years, and with members of other clubs at Darden.
The General Management & Operations Club provides
information, opportunity, and support to those members of the Darden community
who are interested in the creation, management, or improvement of operations
in small or large companies.
The Health Care Leadership Club is dedicated to patients
by promoting awareness of issues and opportunities in health related fields.
HCC achieves its mission by closely partnering with both academia and industry
to sponsor education and speaker programs focused on all aspects of the health
care industry, provide information about career opportunities in health care,
and join with communities and patients in supporting health related causes.
The Marketing Club establishes a strong marketing reputation
for Darden within academic and professional circles, provides a forum in which
to educate and enhance their understanding of marketing issues, assists club
members in discovering and exploring diverse marketing employment opportunities,
and stimulates interaction among students, companies, and faculty to enhance
participation in marketing and community relationships.
The Media, Entertainment, and Sports Club seeks to increase
the awareness of Darden within these industries while also encouraging employment
Net Impact at Darden strives to inspire, challenge and
engage people to incorporate values in daily decision making. Members share
a passion for exploring the interdependence of business and social responsibility
while in business school and throughout their professional careers.
Practically Speaking Journal aims to be Dardens
premiere student academic journal, promoting innovation and applied theory through
articles on applications of theory to practical business situations.
The Real Estate Club educates its members of current
real estate practices and issues. The club also serves as a networking opportunity
to learn about real estate and to find employment opportunities.
Social and Community Outreach Groups
Christmas-In-April of Charlottesville is part of a national
organization dedicated to keeping low-income, elderly, and disabled homeowners
living in warmth, safety, independence, dignity, and decency through home repair
and rehabilitation volunteer services. Each year, the group repairs and rehabilitates
10 homes during a one-day event.
Cold Call Chorus is an a-cappella singing group, celebrating
the Darden culture through music and comedy. Committed to providing high quality
entertainment for Darden and the community, as well as to improving the musical
abilities of its members.
Cold Call Chronicle is the student newspaper of the
Darden community. The CCC is published at least once a month by a staff made
up entirely of Darden students. The Chronicle endeavors to present the Darden
Community with news, opinions and entertainment throughout the year.
Darden Follies is a spring comedy extravaganza featuring
the finest Darden talents.
Opportunity Consultants Inc. provides pro-bono consulting
service to small business and non-profits in the Charlottesville community;
enables students to apply classroom instruction to real-world situation; offers
experience in a variety of functional areas including operations, finance, marketing,
business development/strategy, and consulting; and builds students management
and leadership expertise.
Darden Outdoors Club provides members with opportunities
to enjoy the outdoors and develop friendships in a non-academic environment.
Activities include hiking, biking, spelunking, rock climbing, sailing, skiing,
fly fishing, and white water rafting.
The Darden Rowing Club provides recreational and competitive
rowing opportunities to members of Darden and other University graduate school
communities. The organization seeks to promote the sport of rowing and its positive
attributes such as teamwork, leadership, and physical fitness.
The Sky Club at Darden is an organization which provides
information on and facilitates academic, professional, and business contacts
between Aerospace Industry, Civil and Military Aviation, and the UVa community.
The Sky Club at Darden also provides informational and organizational support
to those who are or want to be pilots, sky divers, glider pilots, or hang gliders.