Building a Supportive & Open Community at DIS
DIS is dedicated to ensuring that all students have a platform for discussion and dialogue regarding diversity abroad.
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. The D.I.S. Club provides a space to discuss personal experiences of being an underrepresented student, as well as wider social issues related to diversity and identity.
New in Town meetups provide opportunities for students to learn about local culture while connecting with fellow DIS students. New in Town: LGBTQIA+ meetups, Students of Color meetups, and First Generation meetups seek to provide affinity-based spaces for students to explore their identities and build community.
You will find out more information about events, activities, and communities in the DIS Navigate App, which you will gain access to before the start of your semester.
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.
- DIS New in Town: First Generation meetups
- The Danish Network for First Generation Academics (FGA)
FGA, or Netværk for Førstegenerationsakademikere, is a network that aims to create meaningful communities for First Generation students by promoting self-awareness and empowerment. Email FGA here
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
- Spanish/Danish/English Exchange Copenhagen Facebook group
- American Expats in Copenhagen Meetup group
- Seek out groups on Boblberg
Homosexuality is legal and widely accepted in Denmark. LGBTQIA+ 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.
The DIS LGBTQ+ Network is an initiative run by LGBTQ+ Homestay and Visiting Hosts based in Copenhagen. It is a forum for DIS LGBTQ+ students, Homestays, and Visiting Hosts to connect with one another and share stories and experiences. Join the DIS LGBTQ+ Network Facebook Group
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 LGBTQIA+ people with minority ethnic background and allies
- Womxn and Non-Binary People of Colour Network Copenhagen (Facebook Group)
For a comprehensive overview of LGBTQIA+ resources in Copenhagen visit Out & About.
- African House
African House has a product range consisting of arts and crafts, afro-cosmetics, and food
DIS has received feedback on how the dryness of the air and harder water in Scandinavia makes textured curly hair dry out easily. Here are a selection of curl-friendly salons in Copenhagen:
For more information, check out Scandinavia Standard’s guide on where to go for curly hair in Denmark.