Vaughn is a recent Ohio State University graduate where he majored in English. In addition to completing rigorous academic requirements, he spent his time working in the Columbus community as a site leader for Buckeye Civic Engagement Connection (BCEC), connected to The Ohio State University’s Department of Social Change. During his undergraduate career, he ran an after school program at Hamilton STEM Elementary School focusing on mentoring, tutoring, and STEM activities for students in 2nd- 4th grade. He also was involved in programming for students K-12, worked with incarcerated youth as part of Buckeye REACH, facilitated educational trainings to increase student engagement in the Columbus community, and produced promotional media for the department. Outside of the department, Vaughn was involved with TEDxOhioStateUniversity as part of the community engagement committee and served as a writer and editor at a magazine on campus called BE, writing about issues of race and representation.