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! 👫🏽🌍


Jumana tuama

Psychology and Business Administration

Big passion for everything considering food, I love to cook, bake, and to go out for dinner or lunch. As I am active in the field of human rights and peace, I love to read and watch documentaries about topics considering justice, activism, and politics. My friends describe me as an honest, open minded, and adventurous person.

I was born in the beautiful Amsterdam as a daughther of Syrian-Iraqi immigrants. Besides English and Dutch, I also speak Arabic (the Iraqi dialect).

Growing up in a village, when I started studying at the VU I was amazed by its diversity. Talking to and learning from people with different backgrounds gave me so much energy and motivation. I wanted more of that and that’s why I joined FAM, to embrace and celebrate diversity in all its forms 🎉✨.


Freeke Homminga

Biomedical Sciences

I am an enthusiastic and curious student who loves traveling and learning about other cultures.

I’m from The Netherlands and the languages I speak are Dutch and English.

Before I started studying Biomedical Sciences at the VU, I took a gap year and went travelling. In this year I came across many different cultures and I really enjoyed this. Therefore, when finding out about FAM got enthusiastic immediately. I love the idea of an acceptable community with people from many different backgrounds. That is also the reason for me to be a part of the family committee, to allow others to have the feeling of an accepting family while at the same time embracing diversity.                                                  

I hope to see you soon at one of our events or in a family! 🥰


Law in society

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. 💖

Zeineb Alhakim

Law in society

In my free time I like to travel, read about literally everything, paint and I dabble in photography. I am someone who likes to try out everything and am curious to a high level!

I speak Dutch, Arabic and English  Although I was born and raised in the Netherlands, I am also the daughter of two Iraqi immigrants 🇮🇶

Growing up, I always felt that I was too “Iraqi” around Dutch people, but also too “Dutch” around my own people. Therefore I used to spend a lot of time trying to decide to which one I belong most. At some point I decided…I don’t have to pick just one culture, I can be part of more. That is why I joined FAM, to be around like-minded people who also just enjoy learning about other cultures, stories and perspectives. It would be wonderful to help build a platform where one can be who they are and where diversity is applauded and appreciated💯✨

Elia Mladenova

International Business Administration

I am a third year International Business Administration student at the VU. Some of my interests include yoga, binge watching series on Netflix, fashion and skincare. I am very outgoing and love to meet new people, however, I can be very introverted and love to spend quality time with myself, read books and listen to music.

I am from Sofia, Bulgaria and came to the Netherlands three years ago. I speak Bulgarian, English and just started learning Spanish.

Здравейте, My name is Elia and I am Bulgarian 🇧🇬 I moved to Amsterdam three years ago to start my education. I am a bachelor in International Business Administration and also a part of the family committee at FAM. I discovered FAM last year and after a little bit of research on their goals and values I became very interested in the organization. As an expat I know what it is like to come to a different country and start a new life. It can be hard to find friends, to adapt to new routines and feel like you belong. Joining the organization gives me the chance to make other students’ experiences easier and a lot more fun. The family committee as well as the whole FAM organization strives to bring students together and create long lasting bonds between them and I find that extremely noble and rewarding.💕🔅