Xavier Buster is the Director, Alumni Engagement at Teach for America.
“Surge by definition is a rush of power that shifts from one side to another, and that power shift is what I find most exciting about this fellowship. I appreciate the intentional investment in disrupting the status quo by building the individual skill and collective strength of leaders of color. I am passionate about building with a diverse group of leaders who share some of the lived experiences of our students and communities. We can no longer strive for seats at a table meant to oppress us. It’s time that we begin to build and honor our own. And for me, that starts with Surge.”
Xavier graduated from Prairie View A&M University in 2012 and moved across the country to join Teach for America Oakland where he taught for four years. Prior to joining the EFC team, Xavier worked as a Program Coordinator at Girls Inc. of Alameda County and Director then Alumni Engagement at Teach For America Bay Area. During his time as a program coordinator, Xavier managed an amazing team of 7. This team’s ability to function at a high level was Xavier’s key to success as a coordinator. He coached his team, supported their development, and pushed them to build strong relationships with school staff and the community. Buster was most proud that many people on his team were prepared to replace him when his time as a coordinator ended.
Xavier grew in Dallas, Texas in an area known as Oakcliff. He attended Skyline High School CDC where he studied culinary arts. Xavier is a man of many hobbies including fish keeping, dj’ing, video gaming, and napping on the couch. Xavier believes schools and school programming should be filled with child-like joy.