Elizabeth Lang Founder & CEO
areas of expertise
• Human rights
• Domestic and family violence
• Diversity and Inclusion
- Master of Human Rights,
Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University of Technology – Completed 2012.
- Bachelor of Social Science, Edith Cowan University – Completed 2009.
Elizabeth Lang is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity Focus. An experienced community development practitioner, sessional academic, trainer, researcher and human rights advocate, Elizabeth is passionate about creating a world where diversity and inclusion is understood and appreciated. 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 as part of a 24 member Australian delegation 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 organisations, including government, non-government and tertiary education institutions. As a Sessional Academic and guest lecturer for the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work at Curtin University, Elizabeth has taught a range of multidisciplinary units. As a highly experienced trainer, facilitator and educator, she is sought after and enjoys providing spaces where people can reflect on and challenge their biases and assumptions as a means for meaningful personal and professional transformation and change.
The story behind Diversity Focus
Elizabeth’s academic and employment background sparked her inspiration for establishing Diversity Focus after identifying a knowledge gap in the professional development opportunities currently available. Elizabeth’s vision is to provide cultural diversity training and consulting that allows individuals and organisations to engage in meaningful learning opportunities that lead to real transformational change. Integral to this is the exploration of unconscious bias, which is the starting point for personal and professional change. Elizabeth’s approach is informed by her own personal (refugee) lived experience, experience working in the field and evidence-based best practice.