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YWCA Columbus presents Activists and Agitators 2022

Activists and Agitators 2022
‘Confronting Our Past, Constructing Our Future’

Thank you so much for attending Activists and Agitators on October 13, 2022. Please stay tuned for our 2023 event!

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2022 Activists and Agitators Program

This Year’s Featured Speaker

Jenny Schuetz

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Jenny is an expert on urban economics and housing policy and has written about land use regulation, housing prices, urban amenities, and neighborhood change, most notably in her book: Fixer Upper: How to Repair America's Broken Housing Systems.


Panel Discussion

Sandy Doyle-Ahern, Panel Moderator

President, EMH&T

Jasmine Ayres, Panelist

Director of Client Success, Cohear

Kerstin Carr, Panelist

Chief Regional Strategy Officer, MORPC

Jon Melchi, Panelist

Executive Director, BIA of Central Ohio

Danielle Sydnor, Panelist

CEO, Rise Together Innovation Center


Local Performances

KaTanya Brewer


Meaca Moore

Spoken Word



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Undesign the Redline Exhibit

During our 2022 Activists and Agitators event, we will officially launch Undesign the Redline, a national interactive exhibit by Designing the WE that explores the history of structural racism from the 1938 redlining maps. We will discuss how redlining continues to impact inequity in our community today and how we can unite to undesign these systems with intentionality.

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Activists and Agitators Artwork

For the first time ever, YWCA Columbus will exhibit local Columbus artists and their work inspired by the effects of redlining, structural racism, social justice, housing inequities, and more.

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I loved this event!!! It was a heart/gut punching program that I needed.
Activists and Agitators Attendee (2021)
An incredibly restorative and inspiring event!
Activists and Agitators Attendee (2021)
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 (2020)


About Activists and Agitators

Activists and Agitators is an annual YWCA Columbus event dedicated to uniting the Columbus community and inspiring attendees to pursue greater social change together than we can achieve alone.

This event fosters dialogue, provides practical resources, and educates the community to promote empowerment and inclusion. We 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.



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Activists and Agitators Sponsors

We are so thankful for our community and corporate partners. It is with your support that we are able to activate our community through events like these.

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Jessica Wichtman-Will



Presenting Sponsor

JPMorgan Chase_Activists and Agitators sponsor

Program Sponsors

Community Sponsors

Advocate Sponsor

Empowerment Sponsors

Media Sponsor

Production Sponsor

Hospitality Sponsor

Event Host Sponsors

Bank of America     Campus Partners     Central Ohio Transit Authority     Christie Angel & Otto Beatty, III

Columbia Gas     Columbus Apartment Association     Columbus Downtown Development Corp

Community Shelter Board     Donatos Pizza     Easton Community Foundation

EMH&T      Encova     EY    GBQ Partners    Oswald Companies     PNC    Positively Blue

The City of Columbus     The Ohio State University     The Robert Weiler Company     thinkCSC

Ally Sponsors

Colette Barricks     Barbara Benham     Lydia Benham     Lynn Evans Coons      MORPC     Move to PROSPER

New Reach Community Consulting     Ohio Women’s Alliance    Sarah Pariser Consulting     UpRys



» View our exhibit sponsors here



Molly Kowaleski
Director of Marketing & Communications

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