the Board

Our FAM Board consists of a chair, vice-chair, treasurer and secretary. In addition, the committee chairs
(marketing-, events-, acquisition- and family-committee) regularly join our board meetings, as do our
founding members in order to remain involved and support each other where necessary. The board
meets weekly to discuss most recent happenings and to work on an
even more fun and efficient way of “doing and being” FAM. The primary task of the board is to promote
the leadership of FAM, take responsibility for events and ongoing matters, and to instruct and work with
committee chairs as much as possible. Together with our entire team, we are responsible for organizing
inspiring events, expanding our network and establishing contacts with worthy partners. If you want to
reach our board, you can send a message to contact@befam.nl

Mari Foglia

President

I love to dance and listen to music, especially Jhene Aiko & Bad Bunny. D&I is also very important to me so I like to inform myself about these topics and get inspired by books, articles, podcasts and people.

I’m from Peru 🇵🇪 

Spanish, Dutch and English

I love exploring all cultures through people, travel and stories. To me, diversity and inclusivity are extremely important, but as I see it, not yet fully accomplished. Growing up as a third culture kid can make it difficult to navigate school, career, life and gaining sense of belonging. It is therefore important that supportive communities like VU FAM exist. VU FAM is a group of enthusiastic and passionate advocates for inclusivity, and I am very excited to contribute to future VU FAM events, see you all there! 🥳🥳🥳

Parwana rezai

Vice-president

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.

Afghanistan

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 VU 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! 👫🏽🌍

Tyriq burnett

Treasurer

My interests lie in sports, gaming and partying.

 My parents are from Surinam 🇸🇷, but I was born in the Netherlands.

I speak Dutch, English and Sranangtongo.

I am part of FAM to support students who have trouble finding a home at VU. And to create a platform where people from different backgrounds come together and learn from each other. My vision of FAM is a diverse family that supports each other and stimulates personal growth. 

Francys Gaviria Aldas

PR management

I’m always down to explore new food hotspots and their unique food combo’s. I love to spend quality time with my friends with latin artists fully blasting on the speaker and some snacks aside.

I speak Dutch, English and Spanish.

I’m a psychology student and member of the FAM Marketing 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 joined VU FAM 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. ✨

Fadoua abou

HR Management

I love connecting with stories, in all the forms they exist, whether that is through people sharing their experiences, travelling, culture, history, books, movies, and of course music. Also a self-diagnosed caffeine addict.

Morocco

Dutch, English, German & Arabic

I love exploring all cultures through people, travel and stories. To me, diversity and inclusivity are extremely important, but as I see it, not yet fully accomplished. Growing up as a third culture kid can make it difficult to navigate school, career, life and gaining sense of belonging. It is therefore important that supportive communities like FAM exist. FAM is a group of enthusiastic and passionate advocates for inclusivity, and I am very excited to contribute to future FAM events, see you all there! 🥳🥳🥳

Anisha Jahangir

Secretary

I love a good conversation and I’ve always been good at formulating my oppinion, which I’ve put to use by competing in multiple debating competitions since I was 11 and this is something that I really love to do.

I was born and raised in the Netherlands, but both my families have roots to India.   

I speak Dutch and English fluently and I can speak a bit of French and German.

Namaste/Fa waka! My name is Anisha! Currently, I’m a second year medical student and FAM’s secretary. I’m Surinamese🇸🇷, but my roots go back to India🇮🇳.

In high school I was given an opportunity to give a Ted-talk about the inequalities in the dutch primary educational system. From then on I realized that diversity and inclusion is a topic that is really important to me. Therefore, when I started university I specifically looked for a student association that focuses on D&I.