As an “artivist,” Dr. V strongly believes in the power of music and art to promote social change, and is a member of NeverSpeakLB, a collective of Long Beach's singers and poets. She was one of the main stage performers at the 2018 Amber Rose Slutwalk in Pershing Square, where she shared her “Survivor Solidarity” rhyme to a crowd of over 22,000 people on the day of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The Performance can be seen here. She has also been the featured speaker and performer at numerous college and community events such as USC’s International Intersectionality Conference, Columbia University’s Hip Hop Education Conference, and was a featured artist at the 2020 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
One way Dr. V builds engagement in her classes is by incorporating social media and “artivism” into her curriculum. For example, in her Sociology of Education course, she created an Instagram page where students could share current events and/or art and relate them to course content.
Poetry and Spoken Word
Dr. V also incorporates her advocacy into her poetry and spoken word by writing on topics of sexual assault, race, gender, and the political climate. She has a compilation of social justice poetry and art scheduled to come out in the fall of 2020!