Within DIS: Building a Supportive & Open Community
Each semester, the Diverse Identities Social Club (D.I.S. Club) welcomes students to gather, share stories and experiences, and contribute to a community surrounding the topic of diversity.
Interested in discussing personal experiences of being an underrepresented student, as well as wider social issues related to diversity and identity?
Support with the DIS Care Team
While abroad, if you are struggling with identity questions or have the need to talk to someone about your experience, reach out to the Care Team for support. Should you encounter situations where you feel discriminated against, e.g. by the police, at a nightlife venue, or elsewhere, the DIS Care Team can also provide emotional and practical support as well as guidance on how to file a complaint
First-Generation College Students
Resources at the Office of Academic Support are available to you; find more information about DIS Academic Resources.
If you are facing difficulties navigating a new culture, the pressure to succeed, changes in your financial situation, or any non-academic obstacles, reach out to the DIS Care Team.
Outside of DIS: Navigating Copenhagen and Denmark as a Minority
Copenhageners are known as open-minded people who love learning about others and broadening their horizons, but are also known to have a very direct style of communicating. Keep this in mind, and you will have opportunities to have enlightening conversations. When you find you are out of your comfort zone, explain your own perspective or experience, and see it as a chance to engage in intercultural exchange.
Access Copenhagen’s Communities and Create Your Own
Prior to departing for your semester, research communities you feel you would identify with – these are a good start:
- Black Womxn and Black Non-Binary People of Copenhagen
- Non-Binary People & Womxn of Colour Network Copenhagen
- ‘Spanish- Danish Copenhagen’ Meetup group
- ‘American Expats in Copenhagen’ Meetup group
- Seek out groups on Boblberg
Homosexuality is legal and widely accepted in Denmark. LGBTQ people take part in public life. Several actors, politicians, and other prominent people are out and proud. Looking back in history, the world’s first same-sex civil partnership took place in Copenhagen in 1989.
An organization for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer students. BLUS is based at Huset-KBH (five minute walk from DIS) and they host events such as film screenings and political debates. BLUS works internationally and is associated with ILGA and IGLYO. Find BLUS on Facebook
- Copenhagen Pride
- LGBT Danmark
Founded in 1948 by Axel Axgil, this is the biggest LGBT organization in the country. Find LGBT Danmark on Facebook
- LGBT Ungdom
Ungdom, meaning ‘youth,’ this is a subdivision of LGBTQ Danmark that focuses on young people. Find LGBT Ungdom on Facebook
- Pan Idræt
An inclusive and safe space to play sports
Sabaah is an organization for LGBTQ* people with minority ethnic background and allies.
- Womxn and Non-Binary People of Colour Network Copenhagen (Facebook Group)
For a comprehensive overview of LGBTQ* facilities in Copenhagen visit Out & About.