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Building a more inclusive Columbus relies on intention, information, and action. We must decide (and keep deciding) to fight racism. And we must learn how to do it.

To serve all those in our community who are impacted by racism, who recognize their participation in racist systems and institutions, and who are committed to eliminating racism, YWCA Columbus has created a series of training programs to teach us all how to grow into better advocates and activists for equity.

We designed our new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) training and consulting services to educate individuals, small groups, and organizations on how to recognize and combat racial injustice. These interactive trainings promote racial literacy, help you understand racism as a systemic problem, and teach you how to be anti-racist strategically, actively, and effectively.


Current Offerings

Racial Equity 101

This 50-minute webinar introduces the basics of understanding racism: how it manifests through social and political institutions, in overt and hidden forms, now and throughout history. By completing this training, you’ll gain insight and tools to help you become an active participant in the fight for equity.


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Racial Equity Foundations and Applications

Facilitated by one of our DE&I experts, this interactive training session helps you learn about structural racism and make connections to inequities we see today, and offers the opportunity to dive deeper by customizing the focus of your session. Through discussion and exercises, our facilitator will encourage you to reflect on your own identity and biases, and develop a thoughtful strategy for practicing anti-racism. After your training, you’ll be prepared to respond to and root out racism on an individual and institutional level.

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Building an Inclusive Workplace

This training session explores the concept of “intersectionality”: when a person or group’s racial, socioeconomic, gender, and other identities and experiences intersect in ways that augment power or amplify oppression. Through exercises and discussion, YWCA Columbus’s DE&I facilitator will help you deepen your understanding of how discrimination affects all of us in complex and often hidden ways. You’ll also learn to incorporate intersectionality in your organization’s language, practices, and plans. This training guides you along the path of creating a workplace that works equitably for everyone in it.

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Download a printable pdf of our current training Offerings


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge during March 2021! Participants can still access the resources online. If you are interested in receiving updates and participating in the Challenge during March 2022, let us know.

If you’d like to speak to the team about training options, please fill out our new partner request form.

DE&I Trainings are brought to you by our Leadership & Social Justice Department:

Jillian Olinger

Chief Mission Officer, YWCA Columbus

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.

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Caroline Woliver

Director of Leadership and Social Justice, YWCA Columbus

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.

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Spencer Stultz

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead Trainer

Spencer Stultz is a Columbus, Ohio native who has a passion for social justice and holistic health. Her background in community development, civic engagement and the creative arts all inform her work towards a more diverse and equitable world.

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Phyl Flanagan

Diversity, Equtiy & Inclusion Coordinator

Phyl is invested in helping their community cultivate radical self-love, holistic wellness and belonging. They bring many years of experience facilitating equity-focused workshops and creating space for meaningful community conversations.

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Belen de Leon

Program Coordinator of Leadership and Social Justice, YWCA 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.

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THE EXPANSION OF the SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAM Has been made possible due to generous support from DONORS.