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 Affinity Group welcomes students to gather, share stories and experiences, and contribute to a community surrounding the topic of diversity. The group provides a space to discuss personal experiences of being an underrepresented student, as well as wider social issues related to diversity and identity.
The LGBTQIA+ and Friends Affinity Group has meetups which occur throughout the semester. The meetups seek to provide an affinity-based space for students to explore their identities and build community over fika.
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. Learn how to contact the Care Team
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.
Access Stockholm’s Communities and Create Your Own
- Altar Space – A wellbeing community for Black womxn where yoga and positive affirmation is practiced
- AfroGärisKören – For Black and non-binary women of color who likes to sing
- Black Queers Sweden – A POC queer and non-binary space
- Black Vogue Facebook Group (request to join on Facebook – the administrators are based in Sweden)
- Magazin Latino – Swedish news in Spanish
Homosexuality is legal and widely accepted in Sweden. LGBTQIA+ people take part in public life. Several actors, politicians, and other prominent people are out and proud. Sweden is often named as one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world.
- RFSL: The Swedish Federation for LGBTQIA+ Rights. The organization has opportunities for local involvement and also has a youth federation
- FPES: The Full Personal Expression Sweden is an organization for the transgender community
- QX.se: The magazine for the LGBTQIA+ community in Sweden
- Stockholm Pride: The organization behind the Pride festival held every year in late July or early August
- Egalia: A meeting space for LGBTQIA+ individuals between 13-19 years
Bias Information and Education
Although we hope that you have not experienced a bias-related incident or discrimination, we do know that bias situations can occur within our community and in Stockholm.
DIS takes bias incidents and discrimination very seriously, so we developed a tool for you to inform us about bias-related incidents involving you or another DIS student, whether at DIS or in the public.
Should you encounter situations where you feel discriminated against, e.g. by the police, at a nightlife venue, or elsewhere, find out how to inform DIS here: