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.

Listen here!

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.

April 27, 2019

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction

Veronica was elected President of Rockhurst University's Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society for the 2018-2019 school year. She presided over the 2019 induction of the junior and senior class. 

April 7, 2019

Scholarship Brunch, Rockhurst University

Veronica was selected to speak on behalf of Rockhurst University's scholarship recipients at the annual Scholarship Luncheon, where donors are invited to celebrate their contribution and the success of their students.

February 27, 2019

Town Hall, Rockhurst University

Veronica was invited to speak on a panel composed of students, faculty, and alumni at Rockhurst University's Town Hall, as they celebrated 50 years of women being allowed to attend the institution. 

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.

October, 2018

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Keynote

Veronica was the keynote speaker for the fall induction of Phi Theta Kappa, Upsilon Xi. As a class of 2017 graduate, she was happy to be home! She discussed her experiences as a PTK officer of service, scholarship winner, and alumna.

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." 

March 30, 2018

Touchstone Launch,

Kansas State University

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.

March 25, 2017

Teen Girl Conference, 

Keynote

Veronica was the keynote for the 2017 Teen Girl Conference at Notheast Baptist Church. The theme was PRICELESS and Veronica had a wonderful time encouraging and uplifting the young women who attended. 

February 19, 2017

Mosaic Bible Fellowship

Veronica had the privilege of performing her spoken word, "The Story of a Dream," at Mosaic Bible Fellowship for their Sunday Morning Service! 

February 3, 2017

Crossroads Academy

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

Commencement 2019,

Rockhurst University

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!

April 14, 2019

Black Culture Appreciation Program

Veronica presented her spoken word and poetry in this program for Swope Parkway Church of Christ. She was excited to see the community come together and reflect on how far America has come and how far it has yet to go. 

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,

click here!

April, 2018

Sigma Tau Delta Induction

​Veronica was inducted into Rockhurst University's English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta! This honor requires a 3.3 minimum GPA. 

February 15 & 22, 2018

Diversity Celebration,

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. 

February 24, 2017

Blue Valley High School

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.

February, 2017

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, 

click here!

January 7, 2017

Mile Marker 17 Release & Signing Party

Veronica celebrated the publishing of her very first book, Mile Marker 17, with a release party. She is incredibly grateful for all who have supported her in her journey to become a published author. 

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

TEDx Rockhill

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. 

March 6, 2019

Native Youth Kansas City Revival

Veronica preached during the opening night of Native Youth Kansas City's "Revival" series. This series took place in March for three consecutive years, and Veronica was excited and honored to be the first Wednesday night speaker in 2019.  

January 21, 2019

MLK Celebration,

America Jazz Museum

Veronica performed her spoken word, "The Story of a Dream," and read her poem "Dear White Police Officer." She discussed the legacy Martin Luther King Jr. left and issued a call to action for those who wish to honor his sacrifice.

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 28, 2018

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction,

Rockhurst University

Veronica was inducted into Rockhurst University's highest honor society, Alpha Sigma Nu! Only the top 4% of the junior and senior class are selected, and Veronica was among them! 

April 1, 2018

Featured Poet,

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

Guest Preacher,

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!

March 5, 2017

Veronica at the Blue Room

Veronica performed at the Blue Room for her very first time. She performed "Dragons" and "Good Enough" to a live band.

February 3, 2017

First Fridays on 18th & Vine

Veronica participated in First Fridays on 18th and Vine for her first time as a published author. She sold copies of Mile Marker 17 and networked with local artists.