Social Change Incubator 2023

May 31, 2023 3:00 pm - June 21, 2023 5:00 pm
CEW+, 330 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI (Registration closes May 10th)

Wednesdays on 5/31, 6/7, 6/14, and 6/21 from 3:00-5:00pm


Are you a student, staff, faculty, or community member interested in learning how your personal stories and passions can lead you into doing the work of social change? Join Dr. Liz DeBetta for a 4-part weekly workshop where you will learn:

  • How to define your role(s) in the social change ecosystem
  • What narrative power is and how it drives change
  • What type of social change work you can do based on your skills, passions, and identity
  • How to use your story as a catalyst for change

We will meet in person for two hours each Wednesday starting on 5/31 to develop a social change identity and learn how to become advocates, activists, and change-makers through storytelling.

Participants will be given short readings and other brief assignments to be completed in between sessions. The final session will invite each participant to share their story and how they plan to use it to drive change.

Registration closes May 10th.


Liz DeBettaDr. Liz DeBetta is a scholar-artist-activist whose work is grounded in creativity and social justice with an emphasis on creating cultural change. Her focus is on deconstructing dominant narratives that oppress and dehumanize women and the global majority. Dr. DeBetta coordinates the Twink Frey Visiting Social Activist Program and the annual CEW+ Advocacy Symposium and grows the reach and impact of CEW+ advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining CEW+, Dr. DeBetta’s work experience includes two decades of nonprofit leadership and education expertise, including teaching writing at Utah Valley University and as Program Manager at the national non-profit Pajama Program. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Humanities & Culture) from Union Institute & University with certificates in Women’s and Gender Studies and Creative Writing, an MA in English from the City University of NY, and a BA in Theatre/Speech from Wagner College. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics ranging from adoption and reproductive justice, using writing to heal trauma, gender-based violence, and resisting colonial paradigms in higher-ed. Her book Adult Adoptees and Writing to Heal: Migrating toward Wholeness is forthcoming from Brill Publishers. Dr. DeBetta can be reached at [email protected].