• Darden has a strong and supportive community for LGBTQ students.

    Pride at Darden (PAD)

    Formerly known as GLAD, Pride at Darden (PAD) is a student-run organization that fosters a supportive environment for the LGBTQ community. The following videos feature several members of the club as they discuss the strong network in place for LGBTQ Darden students:

    To learn more about events, recruiting opportunities and social events that the club puts on each year, visit the PAD website.

    Annual “Love is Love” Event

    Each year, Darden plans and participates in the yearly “Love is Love” event, which is focused on promoting inclusion of the LGBTQ community both at Darden and in the workplace. The power of its message is its simplicity: Regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion, all relationships are equal. Learn more about the 2015 “Love is Love” event.


    Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) is the global organization that focuses on educating, inspiring and connecting current and prospective LGBTQ business students in an ongoing effort to create the next generation of our business leaders. The organization pursues this mission through a year-round series of programming, including its annual Reaching Out MBA & Graduate (ROMBA) Conference, which attracted over 1,400 attendees annually, and the Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA Fellowship, a scholarship and leadership development program for LGBTQ business students.

    Learn more about ROMBA

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    Hometown: Houston, TX
    Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University 
    Undergraduate Major: East Asian Studies                           
    Pre-MBA Industry: Technology 
    Area of Career Interest: Product  Management, Product Marketing, Business Operations & Strategy  
    Clubs: Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club, Pride at Darden, Black Business Student Association, Darden Technology Club 
    Why Darden: As a Consortium fellow, I continue to see academic, personal, and professional support from the Darden Consortium family.  This has helped Darden feel like a "home away from home" for me and empirically demonstrates Darden's commitment to creating a diverse & inclusive MBA community.   
    Email: CovingtonE20@darden.virginia.edu

    Diego Pacheco

    Hometown: Louisville, KY
    Undergraduate Institution: Saint Louis University 
    Undergraduate Major: Business Administration                           
    Pre-MBA Industry: Commercial Real Estate
    Area of Career Interest: Real Estate Development and Investment  
    Summer Internship: Beacon Capital Partners                         
    Clubs: Pride at Darden, Real Estate Club, Darden Outdoors Club, Wine and Cuisine Club 
    Why Darden: The tight knit and collaborative community. 
    Email: PachecoGonzalD19@darden.virginia.edu