Identity & Inclusion Abroad

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 historically excluded & underrepresented identities studying abroad.

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

We’d love to hear from you! Don’t hesitate to contact Student Life to propose new initiatives or discuss any current topics you might be interested in regarding the identities reflected below and the innumerable identities that make up our Syracuse Madrid community.

Syracuse Madrid’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee (DISC):

In the spring of 2019, Syracuse Madrid established a student Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee; a demographically diverse group of students whose focus is to help optimize diversity and inclusion efforts in our Madrid center.

Each semester, a new group of students is self-selected to form the committee and work together throughout the semester. Meetings are held once a week and are organized around the schedules of those involved. In the meetings, students work on further developing projects started in the previous semester, as well as propose projects and initiatives for semesters to follow. Those who participate in this committee help create a lasting and meaningful impact on Syracuse Madrid and on all students to come.

If you have any questions regarding the student DISC or are interested in participating during your semester in Madrid, contact Pilar Diaz de la Rubia at

Resources in Madrid:


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.

Melanin Madrid: “Melanin Madrid is a community. Our members are POC. We help you relocate to Madrid through community, consulting and digital content.” They host events, have a blog with resources around the city, and have a youtube channel where they feature their new “Black in Madrid” series that aired in 2021.

Asociación de Estudiantes Latinoamericanxs: “Somos estudiantes universitarias/os latinoamericanas/os de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid con primordial interés por América Latina y sus relaciones con España.”

Conciencia Afro:  The ConcienciaAfro team is made up of African and Afro-descendant people from different areas that make up a multidisciplinary and choral team.  They work on a variety of projects and host discussion groups and an annual festival.

Female-identifying BIPOC STUDENTS

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.

“ETHNIC MAINTENANCE IN MADRID: SHEA BUTTER, OILS, HAIR AND SO ON!” – This article from Melanin Madrid has a list of recommended places for eyebrow threading, hair care products, hair salons, and more.


Syracuse University has been ranked by the Huffington Post as one of the top-10 LGBTQIA+-friendly campuses in the United States. Syracuse Madrid aims to continue to provide support to our LGBTQIA+ student community abroad. Madrid has a wealth of resources for the LGTBQIA+ community.


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

COGAM: LGBTQIA+ 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

  • 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 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


GMadrid Sports is a sports club mainly, but not exclusively, attended by 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 LGBTQIA+ community – sponsored by the Comunidad de Madrid.  For appointments: 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 LGBTQIA+ community.

Other organizations that foster inclusion efforts in Madrid

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.

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.