As fulfilling and transformative as studying abroad may be, it certainly doesn’t come without its challenges. Tufts-Skidmore’s Intercultural Focus Groups (IFG) are community-building spaces that help students develop intercultural tools to best support their adaptation to Spanish life and transition into becoming members of the community of Madrid.
To best support the diversity of our students, we offer three IFG Groups that students can choose from:
All Student IFG
A space for all Tufts-Skidmore students to work together to meet the challenges and anxieties encountered while abroad, as well as recognize and let go of unmet expectations they may hold about being here. Sessions will facilitate the transition to being abroad and give everyone the opportunity to cultivate mindful approaches to establishing, developing, and maintaining useful habits that will allow each individual to begin to understand, engage with, and experience Spain as a local.
Student of Color or Queer IFG
In addition to the the objectives outlined above, these specialized focus groups are intended to be a space of support where students of Color and Queer students can discuss questions, concerns, and personal experiences throughout their semester here in Madrid. Understanding that students of marginalized identities undoubtedly have unique experiences abroad, these sessions aim to acknowledge the specific obstacles they may encounter, while also working towards developing valuable habits and relationships in the face of those obstacles.
Intercultural Adaptation Facilitators
All Student and SOC IFG
Genesis graduated from Tufts in 2015 with a B.A. in American Studies and a concentration in Issues in U.S. Education. Aside from working as an IFG Facilitator, she has taught English in Europe for the last 3 years, 2 years in Madrid and 1 year in Portugal as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She is a poet, social justice educator, and passionate foodie.
Lucy graduated from Tufts in 2017 with a B.A. in Spanish and Community Health. She currently teaches English and Science classes to primary students at Colegio Elfo in Madrid. In her free time she enjoys traveling and playing soccer. Lucy spent spring semester of her junior year studying in Madrid with Tufts-Skidmore Spain and interning at the Fulbright Commission.
Eli is currently studying Computer Engineering at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, while she volunteers as an activist for the LGBT organisation Arcópoli, trying to fight for the human rights that those minorities need. She likes to travel whenever possible and loves to learn about different cultures. She also enjoys photography as a hobby and likes videogames.
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