Elizabeth Lang Founder & CEO

areas of expertise
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Human rights and social justice
  • Working with young people
  • Master of Human Rights
    Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University of Technology
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Double major Welfare and Community Work and Women’s Studies)

Elizabeth Lang is an experienced community development practitioner, sessional academic, educator, trainer, researcher and human rights advocate. Elizabeth is passionate about creating a world where human rights of all people are upheld and protected and where abuses against these rights are effectively challenged. Elizabeth is optimistic that through open and respectful dialogue and reflection, we can create a safer and more inclusive world for all.

In recognition of her ongoing advocacy work, Elizabeth was successfully nominated to attend the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) NGO Consultations in Geneva Switzerland in June 2016, presenting to NGO’s and government representatives around the world on successful youth engagement to better meet the needs of resettled young people from refugee backgrounds.

Elizabeth has worked for a range of organizations, including government, non-government and tertiary education institutions for the past eight years in WA. As a Sessional Academic for the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University, Elizabeth teaches a range of multidisciplinary units. As a highly experienced trainer, facilitator and educator, she enjoys providing spaces where people can reflect on and challenge their biases and assumptions as a means for raising consciousness.

The vision behind Diversity Focus

Elizabeth’s background in professional development training and research on domestic and family violence and cultural competency sparked her inspiration for establishing Diversity Focus. Aiming to bridge the knowledge gap, Elizabeth’s vision for Diversity Focus is to engage service providers, educate professionals on the nature of domestic and family violence in immigrant and refugee communities and inspire positive social change through the development of practical skills for engaging with diverse communities. Elizabeth’s approach is informed by her own personal (refugee) lived experience, experience working with refugee and immigrant communities in the field and evidence-based best practice.