While You're There
Thank you for your interest in NYU Madrid’s Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, and Equity (IDBE) efforts! Check below to learn more about our unique and site-specific IDBE opportunities and resources.
The liaisons are your go-to people for all things IDBE in Madrid if you want to get involved or just chat!
Elena Díaz is the Student Life and Housing Coordinator at NYU Madrid. She is from the south of Spain and studied Translation and Interpreting at the University of Granada. She is always eager to learn new languages and cultures, and also to share her own with other people. That is the reason why she decided to study a Masters in International Relations and a Masters in Teachers Training in Madrid. As part of her international experience, she took part in different programs from the European Union for youth as a representative for Spain at the European Parliament. She lived in the United Kingdom and California, where she collaborated with the Spanish department at Scripps College. In the past year, she started being part of a volunteering association for children in families at social risk.
Dr. James D. Fernández
James D. Fernández (Brooklyn, NY, 1961) received his AB from Dartmouth College in 1983 and his MA and PhD in Romance Languages from Princeton University (1985, 1988). He taught as an Assistant (1988-1994) and Associate (1994) Professor at Yale University, before joining the faculty of NYU's Department of Spanish and Portuguese in 1995. He served as the founding Director of NYU's King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center from 1995-2007 and is currently the Director of NYU Madrid.
Dr. Soledad Gálvez
Soledad Gálvez received a Ph.D. in Spanish (Latin American Literature) from Stanford University in 2002. Her research focuses on literary responses to projects of modernization and modernity in 19th and 20th century Peru, from a historical perspective. She has taught Latin American literature and culture at Hamilton College in NY, at the Tufts University-Skidmore College Program in Spain, and at the Hamilton Academic Year in Spain Program. Currently she is Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at NYU Madrid, where she also coordinates the M.A. Program in Spanish and Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies.
Alejandro Pérez is the Student Life Manager at NYU Madrid. He studied Journalism in the Complutense University in Madrid and went onto doing his masters in International Relations. Alejandro did his thesis on Freedom of Speech and worked as an editor at Europa Press news agency, where he covered the Paris terrorist attacks of 2015 as well as the American Elections of the following year He has travelled to over 40 countries, especially around Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe and lived in three. He has collaborated with different volunteering associations and projects in Madrid and for the past two years, he manages the Morocco Exchange Program at NYU Madrid.
Global Equity Fellow
The Global Equity Fellow (GEF) is your student representative on issues of IDBE. Stay tuned for their events and programs!
Dariely De La Cruz (she/her/ella) is a senior at Gallatin concentrating in Social Justice through Activism and Civic Engagements with minors in Spanish and Social and Public Policy while on the Pre-Law track. Some of her involvement on campus includes being Co-Chair of the Student Success and Services Committee, Resident Assistant at a first-year residence hall, a Supervisor for the Admissions Ambassador program, Chair of the Community Service Committee in the Academic Achievement Program (AAP), Mentor to first-year Gallatin students, Singer/Actress, and much more. Her collective experience as a former Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellow, Youth Advisory Board Member for Motivote, volunteer with New Sanctuary Coalition, internships with law firms, and volunteer for more than 4 local & congressional campaigns has further prepared her for her future career in Public Interest law.
As a proud Afro-Dominicana from the South Bronx, NY, fueled by her lived experiences, Dariely aims to become an agent of change working to help solve the underlying causes of injustices and be a voice for the underrepresented. She hopes to explore such issues, create opportunities of mentorship among students, and foster true inclusion, diversity and equity while immersing herself into the Spanish culture at NYU Madrid this semester.
Religion & Spiritual Life
NYU Madrid provides information to students about religion and spiritual life resources, places of worship and/or meditation space, and related support services.
Religion and Spiritual Life at NYU Madrid
The staff at NYU Madrid have created the NYU Madrid Hub, an excellent resource for students living in Madrid. In the section, "Life in Madrid & Spain," students will find information on places of worship and options for dietary restrictions.
Ramadan Resources and Interfaith Celebrations
Giving students the opportunity to celebrate their religious holidays is a crucial component of NYU Madrid’s commitment to IDBE. To learn about all the holidays happening during your time abroad, we recommend you to check out The Diversity Awareness Partnership’s calendar of observances and holidays celebrated across 25 traditions (PDF).
Because Ramadan is coinciding with our academic calendar this year, we wanted to provide additional resources on how you can worship and observe fast throughout it. Here’s a little of what you can expect:
- The majority of events will take place after sundown and food will be included
- The Mosque Al Huda (15 to 20 minute walk) and Islamic Cultural Center are a couple of the mosques in the NYU Madrid area
- The Islamic Cultural Center hosts iftars and community gathering events throughout Ramadan
Stay tuned for more celebration-specific information!
Worship and Meditation Space
The NYU Madrid Hub features a section on Faith & Spirituality where students can find information on English-speaking places of worship and centers of spirituality or meditation. Current listings include Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim organizations.
Students observing a religious holiday during regularly scheduled class time are entitled to miss class without any penalty to their grade. This is for the holiday only and does not include the days of travel that may come before and/or after the holiday. Information regarding absences due to religious observance must be provided to the professor and Assistant Director of Academics at NYU Madrid at least seven days before the date(s) in question.
Dietary Considerations: The NYU Madrid Hub "Restaurants in Madrid" section offers an extensive list of vegetarian and gluten-free restaurants in the city. There are also halal and kosher restaurants in Madrid, as well as stores that sell kosher products. Students in need of dietary accommodations should list this in their housing application and email their Study Away Advisor.
Questions to Keep In Mind
You may also want to reflect on the role religion and/or spirituality play in your life now, and what your expectations or needs are for your time away. Questions to consider:
- Do you have a strong connection and/or sense of belonging to a religious or spiritual group?
- Do you have a prayer or meditation space?
- Do you go to certain places for dietary needs?
- Do you celebrate certain holidays? Are these holidays you would want to celebrate during study away?
NYU Madrid IDBE Council
NYU Madrid's IDBE Council is an action-oriented body comprised of members of the NYU Madrid community. The primary purpose of this council is to advance diversity and inclusion efforts at NYU Madrid.
NYU Madrid, several semesters ago, created a space for conversation regarding salient social issues. Students have the opportunity to lead a convening on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Diversity-Related Course Offerings
For a full list of courses offered at NYU Madrid please see the course list website.
- Migrations & Cultural Diversity in Spain (in Spainish)
- Contemporary Perspectives on the Civil War and the 'Recovery of Historical Memory' in Spain
- Islam and Spain (In Spanish)
- Spanish Culture Through Cinema (in Spanish)
Dinner and Conversation Series at NYU Madrid
NYU Madrid has a student dinner and conversation series. Two or three time during the semester students have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member over dinner in a small group and discuss issues related to diversity in Madrid.