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.
Queers and Allies meetups 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. 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.
Access Stockholm’s Communities and Create Your Own
- Black Vogue Facebook Group (request to join on Facebook – the administrators are based in Sweden)
- Suecia multicultural
- Magazin Latino – Swedish news in Spanish
Homosexuality is legal and widely accepted in Sweden. LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ individuals between 13-19 years
DIS has received feedback on how the dryness of the air and harder water in Scandinavia makes textured curly hair dry out easily. There are multiple beauty boutiques in Stockholm that carry hair care products catered to textured curly hair: