Gladys Gary Vaughn
NOTABLE PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Gladys Gary Vaughn was named to the Hall of Fame at Florida A&M University’s School of Agriculture and Home Economics. She also co-founded the National Coalition for Black Development in Family and Consumer Sciences and co-authored the book African American Women: Contributions to the Human Sciences. She designed and secured over $12M in funding from federal and private sources for outreach and education programs that focused on the prevention of adolescent pregnancy, family planning, diabetes education and prevention, latchkey children, and mentoring, among other subjects.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS CHAPTER PRESIDENT:
Under her leadership, NoVAC established the Northern Virginia Delta Education and Community Service Foundation (NVDECS) and the first Chapter Handbook was developed. A charge was created for each chapter committee and NoVAC’s organizational structure and committee reporting process was refined. Soror Gary Vaughn helped to increase chapter engagement and membership and worked to build NoVAC into a regional and national powerhouse.
NEW PROGRAMS OR INITIATIVES IMPLEMENTED:
The Chapter held its first Jabberwock fundraiser during her tenure and also conducted “Project Africa” to teach African American schoolchildren about Africa. NoVAC also initiated “Rhapsody in Red,” a fundraiser gala and honored Northern Virginia’s African American community leaders in tribute to NoVAC’s 25th Anniversary.
PRESIDENTIAL NUGGET TO IMPART ON NOVAC:
"A 'good Delta' understands and practices creative adaptation to uncertainty and change—is willing to take a stand on controversial issues and is willing to assume the risks associated with her stand. A group of 'good Deltas'—more than anyone else, give Black women a sense of pride, a sense of belonging."