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Pride at Darden

Formerly "Gays, Lesbians and Allies at Darden" (GLAD) and before that "The Darden Gay Network," Pride at Darden (PAD) is a student club that is dedicated to promoting an inclusive, open and welcoming environment for LGBTQ students, educating and improving awareness of LGBTQ issues within Darden and the surrounding Charlottesville area, and facilitate networking with other LGBTQ communities, other business schools and with diversity-friendly employers.

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PAD organizes social and educational events throughout the year, organizes diversity recruiting panels, partnering with the Darden community, other clubs (such as GWIB/DMA/DJSA/DCF and marketing clubs) and LGBTQ groups of the Law School, Medical School and other UVA graduate programs. Annual events include:

  • Darden Drag Show
  • Cheers Queers
  • Queersgiving
  • PAD Movie Nights

Leadership Team

We welcome prospective students to reach out to members of our leadership team to learn more about Pride at Darden.

  • President: Linsheng (Sheldon) Xu
  • VP Operations: Jack Ratterree
  • VP Events: Nate Higby
  • VP Career: Luis (Renato) Mejia
  • VP Admissions: Vaibhav Khare
  • VP Drag Show: Jhanvi KP
  • VP Finance: Zhecheng (Ryan) Zhang
  • VP Communications: Ching (Aurora) Ma

Current Sponsors

Thank you to all of our company sponsors who support our mission and make all of our events possible.

  • Accenture
  • PWC
  • Strategy& 

Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.