Joseph Vaughn has risen from commuter representative to executive president of Student Government Association. Though he is only a junior, he has already greatly impacted Queens and SGA, according to his peers, faculty and staff.
Vaughn is from Gastonia, N.C. He was homeschooled through elementary school. Being from a large family, he said he quickly learned that he needed to speak up and make opinions heard, a fact that has influenced his leadership style.
Although his high school did not have a student government program, Vaughn took it upon himself to establish it. Determined to give the students a voice, he wrote a 20-page constitution in order to start an SGA. Although his school was unable to start an SGA, Vaughn was considered a student body president by his peers.
He first heard about Queens through his older sister, who was a senior at Queens when he was applying to college. He won third place in a scholarship competition for the McColl School of Business.
Vaughn was inspired to run for a position in SGA by Angel Rouson, who was class president when he came to the University. In his freshman year, he became a commuter representative. For his efforts in that position, he was awarded the Senator of the Year prize.
Now, Vaughn serves the Queens community as SGA executive president and chairman of the academic citizenship board. During his tenure as president, he instituted a system of parliamentary procedure for SGA meetings and developed a system whereby students and SGA representatives can write legislation for the organization to act upon.
He recently introduced two bills to get the student body more involved in SGA elections by reforming the system. The legislation seeks to establish an independent electoral commission to promote and regulate elections, as well as to combine the executive president and vice-president races to ensure better collaboration among executive leadership. Both bills may be viewed on myQueens in SGA’s shared documents folder.
His vision is to “make voices heard and make positive changes” around campus. One of his foremost goals is to continue to see improvement in the relationships between the administration and the student body.
Vaughn has considered the possibility of becoming a politician, but he said that he probably wouldn’t run in an election unless asked.
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