AGUA Student Organization

What is AGUA?

logo for the Anthropology Graduate Students at the University of Arizona (AGUA) graduate student organization

The Anthropology Graduate Students at the University of Arizona (AGUA) is a graduate student organization that promotes cooperation and cohesion among anthropology graduate students, the exchange of ideas across the sub-fields within our department, and provides a forum for discussing student concerns and taking action to address these concerns.

The mission of AGUA is to operate as the connective tissue that links the activities, interests and events of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

An organization run exclusively by graduate students, AGUA’s primary mission is to develop cohesion among its constituents and promote and foster academic excellence for the various parties with which it interfaces.

In addition to liaising between the faculty and students, AGUA’s other primary function consists of promoting networking among graduate students among the four sub-disciplines (archaeology, biocultural, cultural, and linguistic anthropology) and bringing in distinguished scholars from all over the academic world to speak and share their scholarship.

Events like the AGUA Lecture Series, AGUA Annual Picnic and Professionalization Workshops are the central nodes around which the trajectory of AGUA is based and each year we strive to replicate and build on the excellence of the previous cohort.

Join Our Monthly Meetings!

Keep an eye out for email announcements on the anthgrad listserv with details for our monthly meetings. All Anthropology graduate students are encouraged to join us to discuss upcoming AGUA events and any School of Anthropology issues or concerns.

Have an idea for an agenda item? Be sure to submit them in advance so we can keep our meetings running smoothly.

2022-2023 AGUA Board

If you would like to contact us as a group, send us an email at If you would like to submit anonymous feedback, please do so with this Google Form. Submissions will be reviewed at our monthly meetings.


Board Member



Kate Barvick

Vice President 

Katie King


Emily Jonsson




Fundraising Chair



Communication and Outreach Co-Chairs

Noah Place 

Patrick Robinson

Lecture Series Chair

Sophie Kenyon  Deyanira Ibarra

MA Student Representative

Emily Jonsson

International Student Representative

Xanti Ceballos Pesina


Xanti Ceballos Pesina