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YWCA Columbus presents Activists and Agitators 2022

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

Columbus State Community College – or – Virtual

5:00 PM  Opening reception & exhibit viewing
[for in-person attendees]

6:00 PM  Program begins


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2022 Activists and Agitators Program

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Undesign the Redline

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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Engaging Speakers

At this year’s event, we will host a solutions-oriented conversation with local experts and community organizers focused on repairing Columbus’ housing system. We are also excited to invite Jenny Schuetz, Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institute and author of Fixer Upper as our featured speaker. More speakers will be announced soon.

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Powerful Performances

Our 2022 Activists and Agitators event will include more than a featured speaker and panel. This year, we’ll invite Meaca Moore to join us for the second year in a row to deliver original, compelling poetry and spoken word. We will also invite local singer and street performer KaTanya Brewer to the stage for a very special performance to close the event.

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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

Event Host Sponsors

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     Oswald Companies     PNC    The City of Columbus

The Ohio State University     The Robert Weiler Company     thinkCSC

Ally Sponsors

Lea Evans Coons      MORPC     Move to PROSPER

Ohio Women’s Alliance     UpRys



» View our exhibit sponsors here



Molly Kowaleski
Director of Marketing & Communications