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Photo made by Marthe Baalergen 

Dear members of Itiwana and other interested visitors,

A new study year has begun! This means a new board of Itiwana, board XXX! This year we, Des, Eva, Bente, Nora and Liselot, will make sure with lots of enthusiasm that it will be an amazing year with fun activities, adventurous trips and inspiring magazines. In the text down below we will introduce ourselves shortly!



Hi everyone! My name is Des (They/Them) and I am the Chair of Itiwana this year. 
This means that I have to make sure everything is running smoothly within this beautiful board and that everyone knows what they have to do. This sounds super complicated but mostly I send many many emails and WhatsApp messages to everyone and join every meeting that this wonderful university has to offer where I might be able to say things. 
Being a Chair also comes with a wonderful group of people on the rest of board XXX so part of my duties is also to make sure that they are doing ok and to see where I can help out and slowly see my agenda fill up with tiny random tasks. 
Outside of being the Chair of Itiwana I have a wide range of hobbies that my friends have described to me as ‘Active Grandma Hobbies’. I like to climb, hike, and bike but I also like to knit, embroider, read, paint, bake, and go to bed around 9:30pm or 10 on a wild night.  

This year the Hok has become my second home so feel free to stop by and have a cup of tea with me! On the rare occasion that I am not in the Hok, you can always send me an email at



Hello everyone! I’m Eva (She/Her), 19 years old and I’m a second year Cads student. This year I will be the secretary of Itiwana, and I’m really excited about it! This means that I will answer all of your emails and take notes during our board meetings, so I hope my laptop will survive all the typing this year. I will also be guiding the TravelCom and the EduCom together with a bunch of amazing people. We will try our best to organise the best activities this year, as well as the big ititrip, I can’t wait! 
Besides studying and the board year I love to go for a run or row with some friends. I also love to let my inner grandma out and crochet and have a cup of tea, maybe we can crochet something together in the Hok? I can’t wait to meet all of you and we are going to make this an amazing year! 

If you ever want to contact me, don’t hesitate and send an email to or you can come by at the Hok :)

&EXternal Affairs Officer


hii everyone :), I’m Bente (She/Her) and I’m 19 years old. I’m currently in my second year of CADS and moved here from rotterdam last year I’m the treasurer and external affairs officer of itiwana this year and the chair of the media com and aa com. Apart from my functions and committees i’m also the confidential contact person so you can come to me whenever you want to talk, need some help, or just want someone to listen to you. So all in all, very much involved in itiwana :)). Apart from itiwana I love hanging out with friends, playing guitar and piano (I suck very much but its fun :) ), and I work in the kitchen in Van Buuren. I'm very excited for this year and all the fun stuff we’re doing within itiwana. Im very excited to meet you all in the hok and I’ ll make sure there’s tea and music :). See you there!:)


Heey everyone! 

My name is Nora (she/her), and I am the Internal Affairs Officer of Itiwana this year! 🎉 That means I organize drinks, hok hours, and I try to make sure that the things we do as Itiwana are in harmony with the pillars we (the board) came up with for this year, which are ‘community’ & ‘care’. I’m also the chair of the Activities Committee, with whom we organize fun activities! ✨ If you ever have an idea for an activity you think we should organize, or have any suggestions, please feel free to tell me! Also, feel free to reach out to me if you have suggestions for what more we could do for our pillars, or if you have questions regarding them!

A little more about me: I’m from Budapest, Hungary. So if you speak Dutch & would like to teach me, please do! Just know that I don’t have money, and don’t expect me to do homework.. You can also teach me other languages, I’d love to be able to speak many! I can teach you Hungarian in exchange 🇭🇺 (that might come in useful when we go on this year’s Iti-trip, where one of the 3(!) destinations will be the amazing Budapest!). I’m 20 (will be 21 in a few months ♓️), and I’m a third-year. (Lol I got a bit confused writing this, I had to think twice about how old I am, what does this mean?)
I like taking walks (forests, beaches, hills, whatever), listening to music, sleeping, eating, watching movies that’ll make you cry (or laugh) (or both), things that keep you alive, you know?

I’m excited for everything that’s still coming this year, and I’m very excited to get to know many of you! Please feel free to reach out to me about anything! You can email, or if you’d like to have a chat about something more personal, you can also text me on WhatsApp (+36203590424).



Heyy everybody!! My name is Liselot (She/Her), I’m 21 years old and I am a third year CADS student. This year I’ll be the Communications Officer of Itiwana, wich means I’ll be responsible for all the promotion for Itiwana. I’ll also be sending out the weekly Email, so make sure to check your inbox.  This year I’ll also be chairing the ICA committee and the Photo committee, wich I am really excited about. At the start of this year I moved to Leiden from my hometown, Heemstede, and I’ve loved living here. I am also part of Sempre Crescendo, the student orchestra, where I play violin. Furthermore, I love photography, anything creative and cooking. I say it every week in my email, but I hope to see many of you in the Hok this year. Our kettle has been on non-stop, and tea bags are in shortage but I love talking to all of you!!

If you need anything to be promoted this year or just want to talk about anything make sure to hit me up. My email is I am super exited about this year, I hope you all are too.

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