Eliana El Khoury
WRC Distinguished Graduate Student Award Recipient 2017
Eliana is a passionate teacher, researcher and scholar. She was born in Lebanon where she completed a B.Sc in information technology from the Holy Spirit University in 2010 and a Masters of Education from Lebanese University in 2013. In September of 2013, she moved to Canada to pursue her PhD in learning sciences at the University of Calgary. She has since embarked on multiple projects related to supporting both international professors and international students. Eliana worked closely with campus partners, such as the ombudsperson, and the Student Success Centre, to bring valuable resources to the campus community.
Eliana has had her own share of obstacles to overcome. It is her determination, tenacity and her level of commitment that has brought her so far and she looks forward to the opportunity that lay ahead of her.
Through her work at the University of Calgary – and internationally – Eliana is a role model for the women around her. Eliana is currently developing online learning opportunities for Syrian refugee women who are not able to go to classes. In Lebanon, she co-founded a non-government organization which provides educational opportunities for girls and women so they can access to post-secondary education and the job market. Her work in Canada echoes this as she continues to use her multilingual abilities to volunteer with newcomers and help them settle into the Canadian society. As a residence life coordinator in Residence and peer mentor for graduate students – Eliana exemplifies leadership and guidance.