Episode 10: Vaughn Samuels

Vaughn Samuels, Media Lab Associate, LXI

In this episode, Vaughn tells us how his parents, father from Brockton-MA and mother from Brooklyn-NY, met in Atlanta while studying in the Morehouse and Spelman Colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  This makes Vaughn what’s called a Spelhouse baby.

Vaughn also describes his childhood in Maryland and takes a look back on his family relationship and on issues in school, now, with an adult perspective. His love for music and painting brought him to an art school in Chicago.

They talk about his move to Boston, where he connected with his father’s side of the family and how he  learned about Boston neighborhoods history with his uncle’s guidance. We learn about his experience with Year Up training that granted him an internship with HLS, in ITS.

Vaughn has big dreams and he is working to make those dreams to come true.

Some fun facts about Vaughn:

-He loves “The Good Place” and “Adventure Time”
-His favorite season is Spring because of the anticipation for summer without it being too warm.
-The biggest risk he ever took was dropping out of Art School and moving to Massachusetts.

The goal of this podcast is to introduce folks to HLS staff members from across the community. You may recognize the names of some guests, and if you don’t, that’s okay!  We hope that you will tune in to learn more about your colleagues—what their role is, what makes them tick, and why they do the work that they do at HLS.  If you’re interested in being a guest, please let us know—we would love to hear your story. Our stories bring us together; we come from different backgrounds and serve all different roles, but our shared community at HLS unites us. Let us hear your story! 

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