Activists and Agitators 2020
Join your YWCA Columbus on Wednesday, October 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m. for Activists and Agitators, a virtual racial equity training and grounding conversation with Austin Channing Brown.
Through an online workshop, facilitated by YWCA Columbus’s Leadership and Social Justice Team, this year’s Activists and Agitators will empower new audiences with a foundational understanding of how racism is pervasive throughout our systems and codified throughout history, and requires a focus on systems change that centers equity on the path to justice. This training will be a conduit for ongoing development of racial literacy in Columbus, increasing accessibility and inclusion to racial equity training, and advancing the organization’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice freedom and dignity for all.
Additionally, YWCA Columbus has partnered with racial justice activist, best-selling author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and media producer, Austin Channing Brown to enable attendees to begin a journey toward social transformation and racial justice. The program will also spotlight activists and agitators from the community including a special performance by Barbara Fant.
YWCA Columbus Leadership and Social Justice Team
Chief Mission Officer
Jillian has spent more than a decade working with marginalized communities in central Ohio and across the country on a variety of social justice issues, including equitable community development and engagement, and housing policy intersections.
Caroline has years of nonprofit leadership experience empowering women, advancing racial literacy, and building community coalitions. She develops intersectional, equity-centered programs and policies that create inclusion and transformative change.
Lauren began her work in the YWCA Columbus Leadership and Social Justice department as an office assistant in early 2017. She now serves as Manager of the department, which provides leadership and advocacy training to women and girls across Columbus.
Belen has experience in youth mentorship and working to empower marginalized communities. With an educational background focused on human rights and social and racial justice, she works to develop and implement YWCA Columbus’ Bright Futures Program.
About Our Program Participants
Austin Channing Brown
About Austin’s Book
In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value “diversity” in their mission statements, I’M STILL HERE is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric–from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
Support Black-owned Booksellers >
Barbara Fant has been writing and performing poetry for over a decade. Her first poetry collection, Paint, Inside Out was awarded the Cora Craig Award for Young Authors. She is the author of several chapbooks and the co-author of two stage productions. The founder of Bloom Barb Fant, LLC., she teaches poetry in correctional institutions and schools. She is also the Artistic Director for Harmony Project, a teaching artist at Transit Arts, and co-curator of the reading series Paging Columbus.
About This Event
Activists and Agitators
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.
Activists and Agitators Attendee