Activists and Agitators

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An empowering and educational virtual event!

Activists and Agitators 2021 will take place from 11am-1pm on Oct. 27, 2021. During the event, we will build on conversations happening across our community to redefine the future of housing, education, and community safety. We will discuss a future in our community that is equitable for everyone. And, we will also discuss ways to be intentional about your self-care during change, as we build an inclusive Columbus.

Our event will include engaging speakers, artists, experts, and community organizers to guide us in dreaming about what a more equitable Columbus would look like. We will redefine the role of systems in building our community and how we can build anew to create a Columbus of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

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What would a system that recognizes everyone’s dignity look like and feel like? How do we get there?
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Whose voices should be centered in our systems and at the intersections of these systems? What approaches or action should we take?
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Radical self-love is essential to effective activism. Explore the connection between trauma; healing, restoration, and radical self-love; and racial justice and liberation.
Speakers and in-session activity to be announced soon.


Join a discussion on a future of peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
Speakers to be announced soon.


Artists to be announced soon.

About This Event

Activists and Agitators is an annual YWCA Columbus event dedicated to uniting the Columbus community, inspiring attendees to pursue greater social change together than we can achieve alone. Activists and Agitators fosters dialogue, provides practical resources and educates the community on how to promote empowerment and inclusion. YWCA Columbus created Activists and Agitators with the belief that anyone and everyone can be an agent for social change. If we all commit to intentional, anti-racist, direct action and harm reduction, our collective impact will be profound.

YWCA Columbus Leadership and Social Justice Team

Jillian Olinger

Chief Mission Officer

Caroline Woliver


Lalitha Pamidigantam

Policy Analyst

Belen de Leon

Program Coordinator

Spencer Stultz

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead Trainer

Phyl Flanagan

Diversity, Equtiy & Inclusion Coordinator

Conversations with

rachel greene

Activists and Agitators 2020

You are Powerful

More than 1,000 individuals listened, learned, and reflected with us during the 2020 Activists and Agitators, and we sincerely thank the community for being a part of our first virtual racial equity training and grounding conversation with Austin Channing Brown. We know that you care deeply about making our community equitable for all people, so we hope the training and grounding conversations you heard serve as only the beginning of your journey into social advocacy, activism and anti-racism.


Fantastic event! I love how the event encourages connection, action and taking the risk to create change. Because the speakers and messages were so well aligned with the YWCA’s mission and vision, the event felt authentic and important – and that’s no easy feat.
Activists and Agitators Attendee


Jessica Wichtman-Will


2021 Event Sponsors

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