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 may 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.
We’d love to hear from you! Contact Student Life to propose new initiatives.
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.
The Afropean is an online multimedia, multidisciplinary journal exploring the social, cultural and aesthetic interplay of black and European cultures, and the synergy of styles and ideas brought about because of this union.
Africanidad is an online newspaper for Spanish-speaking people of African descent in Spain.
Madrid for Refugees is “a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping and empowering those in the local community who are: individuals who find themselves in the status of being a refugee, asylum seekers, stateless, and migrants in need of international protection and/or at risk of social exclusion.” They organize fundraising events in Madrid such as trivia nights, cooking classes, poetry readings, and more.
Female-identifyng students of color
Las Morenas de España is an online platform and blog where women of color share their experience abroad and learn from others. Their mission is, “to not just share empowering stories but to now teach others how to take the leap and build the life of their dreams.” While it is mostly aimed towards expats working in Spain, the blog also has pieces that are aimed at anyone living abroad.
Afroféminas is an online community for Spanish-speaking women of African descent.
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.
- Activities geared towards lesbians every Friday evening
- Groups on Saturday afternoons for people 30 years old and younger
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@ for more information.
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.
Syracuse, NY Campus Resources
Stop Bias is “a University-wide initiative that educates the campus community about bias and provides resources to report and receive support for bias-related incidents.” If you have experienced or witnessed a bias-related incident, you can report it through Stop Bias.