Veronica Agard

Veronica Agard (she/her) is a writer, educator and connector at the intersections of Black identity, wellness, representation, and culture. Of Afro-Caribbean, African-American and Indigenous descent, she experiments with creative healing modalities and puts theories learned into practice. She curated the Who Heals the Healer series and the conference of the same name and facilitates the Ancestors in Training educational project.

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 CUNY 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.

Veronica is a firm believer of putting theory into 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.  This came to life during the first generation of the Reparations: Black Wellness Clinic, a free healing clinic for and by Black people that was housed at Earth Arts Center and continues with metaDEN. Building on her community work, she served as a college advisor for three generations of Black and Brown youth in Brooklyn and teaches at the Summer Institute of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project. 
As a creative, Veronica’s words have been featured at The Grio, Let Your Voice Be Heard, Mic, For Harriet, Black Girl Magik, Life as Ceremony, Black + Well, and Redefining Our Womanhood. 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. In addition, she is a contributing editor at Your Magic, a podcast and digital community, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for the Development of Human Arts.

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 freelance platform, Vera Icon, LLC. Currently, she is pursuing a master of social work degree from Fordham University.

Photo by Carlita Lopez Images, 2021