Elaine Laforteza

Equity and Diversity Project Officer (Cultural Diversity) | UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion


Dr. Elaine Laforteza works as an Equity and Diversity Project Officer (Cultural Diversity) at the University of Technology Sydney's (UTS) Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies. Elaine has previously held academic positions at Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University, and more recently, she has been lecturing and tutoring in the School of Communication and the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS.

Her podcast series 'My Bilingual Family,' received the Listener's Choice Award and the Bronze Award in its category at the inaugural Signal Awards. The podcast also won the Bronze Award for Best Parenting Podcast at the 2022 Australian Podcast Awards, and was a finalist for the 2022 Multicultural NSW Public Interest Award.

Elaine co-established and hosted the Sydney iteration of Generation Women, a storytelling show that invites women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s+ to share stories based on a theme.

In addition to her other accomplishments, Elaine is an emerging playwright, producing plays for the Sydney Fringe Festival, the Short and Sweet Festival, and UTS Backstage. She has published her work in peer-reviewed academic journals and community media. Her book, 'The Somatechnics of Whiteness and Race,' is available through Routledge.


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