Visit With A Vista on Sept. 14

September 13, 2016 at 9:39 am
Charlie Lafer

Charlie Lafer

Come and meet Charlie Lafer, our AmeriCorps VISTA serving in the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement,from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Sansbury CLC Patio.

A little bit about Charlie:

Charlie is serving this year as the AmeriCorps VISTA through the South Carolina Campus Compact program. He is a native of Jacksonville, Fla., where his parents, sister, and his dog Lily still live.

VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America and their primary goal is to end poverty in America. Charlie’s primary focuses this year involves raising awareness about issues relating to poverty on campus and helping student veterans access the services they need.

Charlie graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a minor in Sociology from Florida State University in May. He has a deep appreciation for language in the ever evolving forms and mediums with which to share it. He pursued a degree in literature because of its power to build empathy and his belief in the strength of storytelling. This carries directly into his desire to work with college students as they participate in self-authorship: helping them understand the intersectionality of their unique identities within the systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

Charlie is an avid Beyoncé fan and firmly believes that Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” should be played at every event ever. Next year he intends on pursuing a graduate degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education. One day he wants to be the director of diversity and inclusion at a university so that he can have discussions relating to identity and access every day.

Charlie is looking forward to the coming year: learning and growing alongside the students on this campus in the pursuit of ending poverty.

Contact Charlie Lafer at or 864-503-7200.