Eliana Steele (She/Her)

Student, Barnard College
  • People
  • United States of America

About Eliana Steele

Hi, I'm Eliana! I'm from Northern California and I am a protective Linguistics major at Barnard College of Columbia University.  

My research project is about how educational policies in the United States can be used to contribute to the revitalization of Indigenous languages. I am particularly invested in how support for minority language speech communities can be a facet of restorative justice for Indigenous communities. Due to the legacy of colonial assimilationist policies inflicted on Indigenous groups during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (as well as failings of the modern public education system), the speakership of minority languages has severely declined during recent decades. Although language revitalization is a difficult process, revitalization projects can have incredibly positive impacts on minority language communities. 

I chose this project because I want to use my technical skills in the field of linguistics to do research that can have a meaningful difference for the hundreds of Indigenous speech communities in North America.  Language rights are an often overlooked part of human rights, so I'm very grateful that I have the opportunity to study a subject that is shrouded with misconceptions.

Outside of Laidlaw, I am involved with Model United Nations at Columbia, where I contribute to both running conferences and competing as a delegate at conferences across the US. I also love graphic design and digital art, and I am a Creative Director for the Barnard Bulletin, Barnard's oldest student publication!

I look forward to meeting more students from the Laidlaw community!

I am a/an:

Undergraduate Leadership & Research Scholar


Barnard College

Laidlaw Cohort Year


Research Topic

Anthropology Education Linguistics Politics

I am from:

United States of America

My hobbies/interests are:

Art Design Foreign languages Music Photography Running/jogging

I am open to participating in mentoring/buddy programmes


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