Diversity and Inclusion

At Syracuse Madrid, we understand and celebrate that diversity is the norm, and we strive to appreciate the diversity inherent in our students. As such, we’re committed to supporting students with marginalized identities studying abroad.

Spain, and Madrid in particular, is welcoming; however, students of color and members of the LGBTQ community sometimes experience challenges and/or microagressions abroad. Our staff is here to provide you with support.

At present, there are no active student groups centered on diversity themes, but if you’re interested in developing one, contact the Student Life office.

Our Lunchtime topics lecture series consists of a wide variety of topics including: Being a Person of Color in Spain and Genders and Sexualities in Spain. Topics may include talk from a local expert, a discussion group with a local activist and member of the community being discussed, and/or a walking tour of the most emblematic neighborhoods.

We’d love to hear from you! Contact Student Life to propose new topics.

Students of color

SOS Racismo Madrid is a non-profit organization that seeks to combat all forms of discrimination and segregation due to skin color, national origin, or religious or cultural motives.


Syracuse University has been ranked by the Huffington Post as one of the top-10 LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the United States. Syracuse Madrid aims to continue to provide support to our LGBTQ student community abroad. Madrid has a wealth of resources for the LGTBQ community. For more information, contact Dr. Ariadne M. Ferro Bajuelo, director of Student Life.


Oficina de Diversidad Sexual e Identidad de Género: UCMentiende is the Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s diversity office.

COGAM: LGBT Association of Madrid has weekly activities where newcomers are welcome. For more information, or to get in touch with their welcome committee in English, contact educacion@cogam.org.

La Mala Mujer is a warm and welcoming meeting point for local feminists that meets every Wednesday and holds language exchanges every Thursday. Contact Cristina at lamalamujerfeminista@gmail.com for more information.

La Batucada que Entiende is a percussion school that doubles as a meeting point for women whether they identify as queer or heterosexual. For more information, contact Mili at batucadaquentiende@gmail.com.


GMadrid Sports is a sports club mainly, but not exclusively, made of people who identify as queer.

Madrid Titanes is a rugby club that aims for inclusivity for men regardless of sexual orientation.


PIAHT: Free psychological, social, and legal support for the LGBTQ community – sponsored by the Comunidad de Madrid.  For appoinments: 91 701 07 88
Calle Alcalá 22, 5º D

Observatorio madrileño contra la homofobia, transfobia y bifobia: Support against hate crimes.

Crismhom: Christian-based support for the LGBTQ community.