The 2017-2018 American Indian Studies Graduate Student Council (AISGSC) is made up of doctoral candidates, students, masters students in American Indian Studies (AIS), but also welcomes the participation from UA students in all disciplines and community members alike. We are involved in many different areas including: being a voice for AIS students, having an active role in AIS committees, and working with local communities. We serve as a forum for students to discuss cultural, social, political, and educational concerns and to network with other Native students and organizations on and off the UA campus. AISGSC students promote interactions between UA communities and Native Nations and fosters community building among Indigenous graduate, undergraduate, and professional students and our allies. We aim to enhance personal, academic, and professional growth and development in a fun, stable, and peaceful family environment. We serve as a conduit for graduate, undergraduate, and professional student issues and concerns. Our wish is to foster close relations with current students and alumni creating a strong sense of community and higher student retention.
AISGSC strives to provide a voice for student advocacy; improve the educational experience of AIS students by promoting professional relationships between faculty, students, and staff; providing student representation in faculty and curriculum committee meetings; and other matters that directly affect the well-being of AIS students. AISGSC aims to enhance scholarship opportunities and access to research funding, host and encourage the organization of social activities and fundraising events, and provide fellowship among students, faculty, and staff in the American Indian Studies Department.
Your 2017-2018 Officers:
Kari Quiballo your AISGSC President and a doctoral candidate in AIS. Her dissertation topic is Epistemic Injustice in Archives, Libraries, and Museums: American Indians in Our Collective Memory. She works at the intersection of law and policy, culture and lifeways, and Information Science. She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Philosophy, Art History, and Religious Studies and has GA and Intern experience with the Old Pascua Museum & Yaqui Culture Center, Center for Creative Photography, Heard Museum, American Indian Film Gallery, and the AZ Historical Society. Kari also been a GTA in both face-to-face and online courses such as Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Native Nation Building, Many Nations of Native America, Native Americans in Film, and Contemporary American Indian Issues. In addition to her academic experience, Kari is one of UA libraries most recent hires as a Library Information Associate in Access & Information Services (AIS).
Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan is your AISGSC Co-President and is a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation from the San Xavier District. She is currently a second-year doctoral student in American Indian Studies with a minor in Journalism. Jacelle is currently the 2017-2018 American Indian Studies Graduate Student Council Vice President and a mentor for the Tohono O'odham Student Association at the University of Arizona. In May 2016, Jacelle earned her MA in American Indian Studies and wrote a biographical life history on the late Southwest anthropologist Dr. Bernard "Bunny" Fontana for her thesis. In 2010, she earned her BA in Journalism with a minor in American Indian Studies. Both degrees she received from the U of A. Jacelle is a two-time graduate of the American Indian Journalism Institute, Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism and the New York Times Student Journalism Institute. She has written for news publications in Arizona, New Mexico, Washington State, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida and New York. She has been a freelance journalist for Indian Country Today Media Network since 2009.
Larea Lewis is the Secretary/Recorder for the AISGSC and is a member of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI) from Palm Springs, CA. She is pursuing a PhD in AIS: Federal Indian Law & Policy and has received an MA in Anthropology: Applied Archaeology and a BA in Flute Performance. Previously, she has worked with the Arizona State Museum for 5 years educating K-12 children on Southwestern tribes through exhibit tours and outreach program. Currently, she serves as Chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Advisory Board (HPAB) created by her tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to help make recommendations on cultural issues. Her interests are in protecting and preserving cultural resources and landscapes, as well as learning and revitalizing the tribe’s cultural heritage.
Souksavanh Keovorabouth, Soukey, is our 2017-2018 AISGSC treasurer. Soukey goes by He, Him, His pronouns and is a first year master's student in American Indian Studies. He received his undergraduate degree at the University in American Indian Studies and Sustainable Built Environments, he also served as the Resident Assistant for O'odham Ki, our Native American wing on campus. Currently, Soukey is a Graduate Community Director for Housing and Residential Life at Hopi and Graham-Greenlee. He also serves as the facilitator for the Queer and Trans People of Color group through the Common Ground Alliance. His primary focus in American Indian Studies is looking at Queer Identity within tribal communities, mostly looking at the Navajo Nation, the effects of laws and assimilation to the LGBTQ community relating to creation stories with an emphasis on suicide prevention.