Veronica Agard is an alchemist, educator and connector at the intersections of Black identity, wellness, representation, and culture. Of Afro-Caribbean, African-American and Indigenous descent, she continues to experiment with healing modalities such movement, singing, herbalism, divination, capoeira, and yoga. Her primary channel is writing, and holds healing space for community through writing cyphers. She is the curator of the Who Heals the Healer series and the conference of the same name, the first generation of the Reparations: Wellness Clinic, as well as the Ancestors in Training series.
Veronica is a firm believer of putting theory in to practice. She has extensive experience in community outreach, activism, journalism and social media, and focuses her energies on projects dealing with issues of gender, race, culture and human rights.
Through archival research at the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica (CIRMA), she completed her undergraduate thesis on the complex histories of sexual assault and violence against women in post-conflict Guatemala. In 2014, she graduated from The City College of New York with a BA in international studies and history and continued her work as a co-founder of Sister Circle Collective, a role she was active in for five years.
As a writer, Veronica’s work has been featured in The Grio, Let Your Voice Be Heard, Mic, For Harriet, Black Girl Magik, Life as Ceremony, Black + Well and has forthcoming publications in Songs of Oshun and Undertone Magazine. Her work has been profiled at Loca Vibes Radio, Black Abundance BK, The Glam Femme, the Bag Ladiez Podcast, NFLUX Magazine and the Bushwick Podcast.
She has held space at; No Longer Empty: (after)care, the Mystic Soul Conference, New Women Space, Earth Arts Center, the Caribbean Cultural Center, BRIC Media House, Studio Museum of Harlem, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Pratt Institute, WOC in Solidarity Conference, the Bridges to the Brave Project, Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference, The Black Girl Project’s Sisterhood Summit, Diaspora Radicalx Conference, HOME: Return, Reclaim, Reframe, the Radical Futures, Confront, Heal, Prevent, and Cultures of Accountability Free School Conferences with Free University NYC and Decolonize this Place, Our Liberation Summit at Sarah Lawrence College, and more.
No matter the role, Veronica offers her expressions as a means to amplify the voices of those that walk with her. She seeks to do this work through her latest platform, Vera Icon, LLC. Currently, she is expanding this vision through pursuing a master’s in community health education at Brooklyn College.