Chair of Advocacy

xavier-sayeed-picXavier Sayeed, Harvard Divinity School

Xavier Sayeed is a student at Harvard Divinity School with a concentration in religion, ethics, and politics. He is a proud native of Indianapolis, Indiana where his passion for advocacy and community building began. No matter how far he ventures from his hometown, he maintains an active passion for transformative justice, sustainability, and accessibility.

Xavier earned his bachelor's degree from Emory University where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in music and a minor in Jewish Studies. His current research is on music as a response to cultural and structural violence with specific focus on Judeo-Arabic Andalusi music and music in Black American Muslim communities.

At Harvard Divinity School, Xavier is a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the President of the HDS Muslim Association, and a member of the Standing Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging. He is passionate about collaboration and community-building and is dedicated to working with leaders and advocates across the university toward a more accessible, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive Harvard.

Past Chairs of Advocacy

  • Abhinaya Narayanan (HKS), 2020-2021
  • Jasmin Frankel (HES), 2019-2020
  • Tre Tennyson (HGSE), 2018-2019
  • Dana Rassas, 2017-2018
  • Natalie Yang, 2016-2017
  • Tara Mayo, 2015-2016
  • Nick Zehnner, 2014-2015