Because of a growing population of Muslim students at Macalester and a college-wide interest in learning more about the faith, the college hired a halftime Muslim chaplain who began work this fall.

Ailya Vajid, who has a graduate degree from Harvard Divinity School, will mentor Muslim students and lead campus conversations about Islam, says Chaplain Kelly Stone, who adds, “It’s a chance for us as a college to learn more, have our questions answered, and gain a deeper appreciation for that community.”

Vajid previously served as a chaplain or multi-faith adviser at both Gustavus Adolphus and Swarthmore Colleges.

Along with Stone and Vajid, the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life staff also includes a half-time rabbi and part-time Buddhist and Catholic chaplains.

November 1 2016

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