Chaplain Ailya Vajid


Ailya Vajid has served as Muslim chaplain on several college campuses over the past eight years. In this role, she supports the religious, spiritual, and broader meaning-making journeys of students, faculty, and staff through pastoral counseling, educational offerings, worship, advocacy, and circles of connection and dialogue. Ailya is committed to connecting to the depths of our humanity and to witnessing this Divine presence in each person as we engage across differences and through the challenges we face in our world. Currently Ailya is pursuing studies in Unani Tibb (Greco-Islamic medicine) at the College of Medicine and Healing Arts, as well as training in somatic experiencing and trauma work. In her spare time, Ailya enjoys spending time in nature, reading sacred and reflective texts, and listening to people’s life stories. Ailya holds a BA in Religion and Islamic Studies from Swarthmore College and an MA in Theological Studies, with a focus in Islamic Studies, from Harvard Divinity School.