Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life

Weyerhaeuser Memorial Chapel, 113
651-696-6720

Ailya Vajid serves the Macalester community as the Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life. In this role, she supports the religious, spiritual, and broader meaning making journeys of the Muslim, multifaith, and wider campus community. Ailya enjoys reading sacred and reflective texts in her own tradition and in interfaith contexts, as well as exploring spirituality, meditation, and life’s big questions. In her work, she seeks to promote open, honest dialogue and interaction, and she encourages communities to draw on the strength and richness of diversity as tools for learning, creative engagement, and positive change. Ailya is also committed to issues of mental health and counseling. In her spare time, Ailya enjoys spending time in nature, exploring mindfulness, meditation, and traditional and spiritual forms of healing, and listening to people’s life stories and learning about diverse cultures and traditions. Ailya holds a BA in Religion and Islamic Studies from Swarthmore College and an MA in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.