Benjamin Vaughn, Jr. '15

Benjamin Vaughn, Jr.

Class Year: 2015
Current City/State: Takoma Park, Maryland
Major: Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
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Why I Wanted to Serve on the Alumni Council:

I have always been an ear to those who felt unheard or those who may have a hard time connecting. I participated in Athletics (yay Swimming/Diving and Track), Theater/Dance, QAA in Stonewall, KDIC, and Noteworthy acapella as a DC Posse Scholar (DC7) during my time as a student. I had a great time on campus but felt the students' voice was often limited in power. I joined the Alumni Council in the hopes of bringing light to celebrations and trials facing current students and recent alumni to create a more cohesive bridge between campus and community.

A Quote I Like:

“The sun doesn’t give light to the moon, assuming the moon’s gonna owe it one.”

―Linkin Park

A Little Bit About Me:

I teach 2nd Grade in a Title I DC Public School. This was my first position after Grinnell as I accepted the call to join Teach for American DC Region as a Corps member, and I am still teaching at my placement school. I love teaching, and while it is challenging, it ultimately is exponentially as rewarding when you review all the progress at the end of the year. I am a certified indoor cycle instructor and fitness professional which is my current side hustle/passion. I love running classes in-person and cardio classes on Instagram.

Other Alumni Involvement: Reunion Class Committee; Class Fund Director