October 24, 2020
Mission Baby Mac Benefit
Veronica performed two spoken words and a rap for the Mission Baby Mac Benefit, a fundraiser for Kenny and Hannah McDaniel, who are using in vitro fertilization. This fundraiser helped them meet their goal and pay for treatment.
UPDATE: They're having TWINS!!!!
June 22, 2020
The Ear Hustling Podcast with James & Eric
On episode 23, "Biracial in America," Veronica joins a panel of biracial people to discuss the impact of racism on their lives. She shares spoken word, "The Life of a Mixed Kid." You can listen to this episode wherever you listen to podcasts, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
February 04, 2020
KCUR Central Standard
In 2019, Veronica was invited to read her spoken word, "Dear White Police Officer," on KCUR's Central Standard. In the interview portion, she discusses the apologetic nature of the work, media representation of African Americans, and more. On the same day, 1 year later, KCUR rebroadcasted this interview.
July 7, 2019
Freedom Sunday, SFLC
Veronica was the featured speaker during Sheffield Family Life Center's "Freedom Sunday," a special service that occurs annually. She debuted her spoken word, "Be the One," a work created in response to Pastor George Westlake III's teaching on faith and obedience to God.
January 9-11, 2019
32 Annual Governor's Student leadership Forum on Faith and Values
Veronica was nominated to represent Rockhurst University at this year's forum! This year is special because there will be an inaugural ball and Governor's breakfast with Governor Mike Parson and HUD Secretary Ben Carson.
April 20, 2018
Festival of Student Achievement
Veronica was invited to perform at Rockhurst University's 2018 Festival of Student Achievement (FOSA), an annual event designed to honor students who "exemplify academic excellence and leadership." She performed the poems "Mm!," "Image of the Titanic," and "A on Parchment."
February 3, 2017
Veronica performed her spoken word "The Story of a Dream" for students at Crossroads Academy. This spoken word celebrated the work of Dr. King, just in time for Black History Month. She also discussed the writing process and the importance of speaking out against oppression.
October 21, 2020
Champions of Hope Virtual Fundraiser
Veronica was the special guest speaker at this virtual fundraiser for Gateway of Hope, an organization offering counseling, life coaching, and support groups for women in times of need. Veronica performed her spoken word, "Be the One."
June 16, 2020
Now Presenting, Johnson County Library (Cancelled)
Veronica was to be a featured poet of this poetry program. She would have shared her writing and discussed the difference between poetry and spoken word with fellow poet, Maril Crabtree, author of Fireflies Gathering in the Dark, a Kansas Notable Books 2018 selection. This event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
November 22, 2019
Southern Missouri Youth Convention
Veronica was the opener for the Assemblies of God, Southern Missouri Youth Convention 2019, which welcomed over a thousand students. She presented her spoken word, "Be the One," encouraging students and leaders alike to step out in faith. Click here to watch!
May 18, 2019
Veronica was the undergraduate commencement speaker. In her very personal speech, she reflects on her experience as an outsider, tying in themes from Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, and describes how Rockhurst University became her home. To watch this speech, click here!
March 27-30, 2019
Sigma Tau Delta International Convention
Veronica attended her English honor society's international convention. Since her poetry submission was accepted, she presented her collection, "A Girl's World," in which the female experience is examined through a nostalgic, and somewhat food-themed, lens.
February 4, 2019
KCUR Central Standard
Veronica was invited to read her spoken word, "A Letter to the White Police Officer," (Dear White Police Officer), on KCUR's Central Standard. In the interview portion, she discusses the apologetic nature of the work, media representation of African Americans, and much more! To listen, click here!
December 31, 2018
Cornerstone New Year's Even Celebration
Veronica lead multiple sessions on spoken word. She performed "The Story of a Dream," among other pieces, in celebration of Black History Month and discussed the history of spoken word and how she composes her own. To watch her performance, click here!
July 30 - August 3, 2018
National Fine Arts Festival
Veronica competed at the National Fine Arts Festival in the Kappa Tau division in Houston, Texas. She won 1st place in spoken word and 3rd place in poetry. To watch her spoken word performance,
February 15 & 22, 2018
Blue Valley High School
Veronica was invited to speak at Blue Valley High School in celebration of Black History month. She performed "The Story of a Dream" spoken word and discussed the importance of being bold and speaking out against racial inequality and discrimination.
2017 MLK Celebration
The American Jazz Museum hosted a celebration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Veronica debuted "The Story of a Dream," which was written specifically for this event!
To watch this performance,
September 30, 2020
An Evening of Healing
Church leaders in the community came together to focus on racial unity and communal healing within Kansas City. This event was held outdoors, in the parking lot of Sheffield Family Life Center, drive-in theatre style. Veronica debuted a spoken word on division within the church, and received car honks in place of applause.
June 02, 2020
Race & the African America Experience
Veronica participated on a panel, curated by Belong Community KC, discussing race and the black experience in the United States. She especially addresses the church and its reaction to the new wave of the Black Lives Matter Movement. To watch this panel, click here!
October 22, 2019
Belong Featured Speaker
Veronica had the privilege of performing at Belong, a community of young adults passionate about Jesus and welcoming people as they are. This was only the second time she performed "Be the One," a spoken word created for Sheffield Family Life Center earlier in 2019.
April 20, 2019
Veronica gave her first TEDx Talk! The year's theme was "Smokescreens: things aren't as they seem." She discussed the biracial experience and the importance of including the biracial narrative in American history and contemporary conversation.
To watch the Talk, click here!
April 12, 2019
Festival of Student Achievement (FOSA)
Veronica's paper, "The Rhetoric of Rap; An Analysis of Derek Minor's "Nothing to Something"," was accepted, and she presented it. She discussed the rhetorical techniques emphasized by Aristotle and Plato and showed how they are utilized in contemporary rap. Her poetry was also accepted, and she read it in the Greenlease Gallery.
November 15-18, 2018
Blue Valley High School
Veronica presented her paper, "Writing in Black and White: Baldwin’s Method of Writing to Polarized Consumers," in the MMLA Undergraduate Symposium. She discussed Baldwin's writing tactics and explored how to apply them to conversation surrounding race today.
April 1, 2018
Sheffield Family Life Center
Veronica was invited to perform her spoken word, "A Message from the Other Side," at Sheffield Family Life Center. In this piece, she describes the pain and impact of depression and suicide. She then proceeds to reveal the redemption, peace, and hope she found in the Jesus Christ. To watch, click here!
June 21, 2017
Native Youth Kansas City
Veronica was invited to be the guest preacher at Native Youth Kansas City, the youth group of Sheffield Family Life Center. Her sermon title was "David's Dance." To watch this sermon, click here!