Advisory Board

Danny Soekarnsingh

artificial intelligence Business administration: Digital business and innovation

Writing, house dance, b-boying, dismantling racism, modding gameboys.

Surinamese born in the netherlands

Languages you speak: Dutch, English, surinamese, little bit Spanish

I’m one of the founders of FAM. Born and raised in the south-east of Amsterdam, first-generation student from a family where I am the first to attend university. When you’re young, you do not necessarily realize what shapes you. You do not necessarily know whether it is good or bad. However, they all make up who you are. 

The struggle is painful, but art nonetheless. From a young age I realized that my experiences were different than from others. Upon a later age, mental decolonization, travel and seeking of indigenous knowledge I really consciously started to act out what I wanted to put forth in the world. 

The goal is to connect people on their beautiful intricacies. To give water, rich soil and sunlight to reach their highest. Our community is like a garden where all the smells, tastes, touches, feelings and views are embraced to form the world we want to build. To embed and nurture a community of professionals, visionaries and game changers is what is synonymous with FAM. #fam

Asli Türkmen

Pharmaceutical sciences

My zodiac sign is Aquarius which could explain my love for the beach and dunes. I love drinking tea and spending time with friends and family.

I’m Turkish and I do speak of course the Turkish language besides Dutch and English.

I am mostly locked up in a lab as I study Pharmaceutical sciences 👩🏻‍🔬, but outside you can find me taking walks in the nature 🌿 or visiting exhibitions and museums👩🏻‍🎨. I also love attending seminars about cultural or social subjects to broaden my knowledge and scope 🔭🌍. As a first generation student it took some time to understand how everything functions at the VU. But now we have FAM and together we are here to form a community where students can support each other and help each other out! 💪🏼👨‍👩‍👧‍👦📚#fam

Sara said

Biomedical Sciences

I have a big interest in neuroscience and I hope to be starting the master in this direction soon. Next to my studies I like to bake and cook, read books, and I make my own art on my Instagram @sarasaidart. Next to this, I also have an interest in increasing Diversity and Inclusion wherever I am.

From: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Languages I speak: Dutch, English, Polish, Arabic (Egyptian)

Salam Aleikum and dzień dobre everybody ✨. I am Sara Said 🙆🏽‍♀, half-Egyptian 🇪🇬, half-Polish 🇵🇱, Amsterdam bound 🇳🇱 #girlboss and I carry the proud title of Polyptian, which represents my multicultural (mostly goofy) roots. Within FAM I was a part of the Promotion committee, where I managed the LinkedIn page and 🧠storm on ways in which we can reach as many students as possible to inform them of the existence of this very fun student association called: FAM 🤩! Outside of FAM, I can mainly be found studying, as I am focusing on my second year of the Bsc Biomedical Sciences 👩🏽‍🔬. When I started my degree back in 2018, I felt a little out of place, as university culture is mainly built around the needs of one population group. Thankfully, the VU Campus is becoming more diverse and inclusive with each day 🥳. Nevertheless, I find that there is still enough work to be done 💪🏼 and changes to be made 😎. #fam

Sehida

student in Dentistry at ACTA.

Hi all! Dobar dan👋🏻
Here’s your Bosnian-born Founder and previous President of FAM! 🇧🇦 My name is Sehida, a Master-student in Dentistry at ACTA.

A highlight within my study was my exchange program at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). During this program I experienced what student life on campus looks like and I figured it’s completely different than studying at VU. Returning to VU, what I missed most was living in dorms and experiencing the close and diverse community of inspiring students there. I decided to stick together with some friends and create our own close students community, with a feeling of ‘being family’. A family that makes campus feel like a place where you belong and where you can discuss feelings and concerns on social justice or micro-aggressions. A support system within a community is necessary for a sense of belonging on campus and to bridge and bond among each other. This can translate into a strong network of alumni once greaduated. These are some reasons FAM was born 1,5 years ago. 🥳 I am very proud of our growing team and members so far and can’t wait to meet more of you individuals with unique stories and visionaries. I believe in good soul food bringing people together, cooking is one of my favorite things to do and this is why we always bring food to our events. Want to know more? Let’s share some food together and have some great convo’s! 😋😍

Eden

Shalom/ Hoi, I’m Eden Elfersy, Moroccan-🇲🇦 Dutch-🇳🇱 Israeli-🇮🇱 mix #missworldwide🌍. Haha, you probably didn’t see that one coming.. but don’t worry most people don’t!

My role in FAM was: Chairwoman of the Event Committee and the Family Committee. I’m in my masters of dentistry and from the beginning of my studies I noticed that students form groups with each other based on their ethnicity. This frustrated me and made me want to make a change. I would love to see groups of mixed ethnicities, religions, gender and cultures. This is the main reason why I joined FAM. Creating a safe space and a close family for everyone within FAM would definitely be a step in the right direction. Hope to see you soon to welcome you in our family ✨ #fam