family committee

The Family Committee is the very core concept of this student association as we seek to bring students together and stimulate a bond. We are involved in monitoring, coordinating and shaping the various families on basis of their interests and other qualities. Next to that, the Family committee is in charge of planning family specific activities for all members that are also part of a family. We also provide and facilitate in our best way certain activities for the families.


Parwana rezai

Law in society

Books, art history, football, debates, (video)games, politics, law, dancing and many more! I would describe myself as a go getter with a zest for life and heart for her people and community.


Farsi/Dari, Dutch, English, Urdu/Hindi

Now growing up with a bilateral background is something that I have found mostly beauty but also some struggle in. Questions such as belonging to a certain place, fitting in another and in a certain manner, were themes that often preoccupied my mind and I soon discovered that I was not alone in this thinking spiral. Thus upon meeting the FAM team, I realized that there are plenty other individuals dealing with the same questions! This realization made me want to join the team. In order to showcase and spread the message that at the end, we are in this together. Exploring and discovering our diversity and the answers to our questions whilst, more importantly, celebrating it and finding people to do it alongside with! 👫🏽🌍


Dyshanty Laurence

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Bon dia, my name is Dyshanty. I’m 20 years old and I’m in the family committee🥰. I’m studying Pharmaceutical Sciences at the VU.

 I’m born and raised in Aruba🇦🇼. I moved 3 years ago to The Netherlands to continue studying📚.

I was in a small committee in Aruba and I really liked doing what I was doing for my community and so I tried looking for one here. All the associations had that typical dutch environment and I never felt like I belong…until I found FAM. The moment I walked in I felt so overwhelmed cause I never felt so welcome before. With Fam you feel like you’re not alone and you have somewhere to go despite your background. I want to see FAM grow✨and make a change on a bigger scale. #diversity #inclusion


Maryse Vorm

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Odi Odi 👋🏾, my name is Maryse Vorm I'm 20 years old and recently joined the FAM association as part of the Family Committee 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. I'm currently in my third year of the bachelor Pharmaceutical Sciences 💉🧪👩🏾‍🔬at the VU.

I am of Surinamese 🇸🇷descent and lived in the amazingly beautiful city Paramaribo (SU tek yu big up 🇸🇷❤️) from my 9th till my 18th, up to when I moved back to NL to study in Amsterdam.

When I just moved back to  NL I made lots of friends outside of school, but I was really longing for friends and a warm nest at uni. That’s why I decided to join FAM where I’ve found friends I could also relate to academically, because we all know the struggle is very real!📚🥸 With joining the Family Committee I hope to help other students to find their tribe and a place at uni they can call home. 🥰🏠 I also think that dutch uni’s have lots of work to do when it comes to Diversity & Inclusivity, and within FAM I will also be committed to making that highly necessary change!🤎✊🏾

Grantangi ❤️🇸🇷



I love to travel, meet people from all over the world and learn about different cultures.

Salam! / Hoi! 🙋🏻‍♀️ My name’s Malika and I’m half Moroccan 🇲🇦 and half Dutch 🇳🇱.

In the beginning of this academic year, I randomly joined a FAM event and I honestly have never felt so welcomed into a group of new people. Being of mixed ethnicity, it isn’t always easy for me to find a sense of belonging. I noticed that students often form groups based on sharing the same ethnicity, but I would love to see more diverse groups around campus (and in society in general). That’s why I decided to become part of the FAM team; to bring people from different backgrounds together and create a space where everyone is welcome. 💖

Karyn samudra

Communication Science

Halo semua! I’m Karyn and I’m Indonesian 🇮🇩 I am part of the Family committee in FAM ❤️


I’m a first year bachelor in VU doing Communication Science.
I have been living abroad since young (Singapore, Malaysia, United States and now the Netherlands) so I have been expose to different cultures which is a great experience! But there’s always been an obstacle for moving to a different countries (especially alone) as there’s a lot of adapting to do so I wanted to find a community that is welcoming and that leads me to FAM. Moreover, I also want to be there for others so that they will feel like they’re home and welcomed🤗 and also looking forward to make amazing bonds with everyone ❤️

Lela Bidar


Dorood! My name is Lela, MSc student Dentistry at ACTA (VU) and of Persian descent 🇮🇷 This year I'm part of the Family Committee of FAM.

Since starting my studies in 2017, I’ve been searching for a student organisation that’s open to everyone, no matter ones background and beliefs. My wish was finally granted when I came in contact with FAM 🥳 What I found was a place for dialogue, in which people can learn from eachother in a respectful way. Not only that; interacting with all these unique characters makes events and meetings so much fun ❤ What I hope to contribute, is to spread this feeling of belongingness to students who long for it. Can’t wait to meet you guys!

Francys Gaviria Aldas


Hola! My name’s Francys. I’m a psychology student and member of the Family Committee! Growing up in Amsterdam I’ve found it difficult to fit in but later I realized rather than ‘changing’ yourself, it is better to put yourself out there and just OWN IT! 🤟🏽

I’m half-Ecuadorian 🇪🇨 and half-Colombian 🇨🇴

I joined VU family because of the diversity I’ve always looked for. Here, we support each other and get the chance to embrace and express ourselves: from talking about important topics and sharing our experiences to tasting each others (un)familiar dishes! For me, diversity and inclusivity are very important topics. I hope that not just here on the campus but all over the globe this idea will be shared as well, so that everyday WE can be a step closer in making the world a place where every individual human being feels welcomed to be their own unique self. ✨