Sydni A. Leonard

First Year Academic Advisor Office of Student Success

Hi! My name is Sydni Leonard. I am a First-Year Academic Advisor and CORE 100 professor at Emory & Henry College. 

I graduated from Emory & Henry in August of 2020 with a B.A. in History & Political Science. After working in Housing & Residence Life at E&H, I chose to go onto graduate school to pursue my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis at East Tennessee State University- graduating in December of 2021. 

I am currently working on my graduate certification in ESports Management through ETSU where I plan to incorporate my higher education experience and love of video games to one day launch and/or coach a competitive ESports gaming community. 

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Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science from Emory & Henry College (2020)

Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, Student Personnel Administration from East Tennessee State University (2021)

I can help with:

I advise students with intended majors in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Psychology
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Business
  • Geography
  • History
  • Civic Innovation
  • Media & Communications
  • Economics


I help my students choose, change, and explore majors and career interests, select and register in appropriate courses that mirror either their graduation plan or their academic interests, get connected with academic support services such as Student Success Coaching, Academic Support & Disability Services, and Counseling Services, explore alternative  academic opportunities including internships, study abroad, and service learning, and participate in career exploration through connecting students with a faculty advisor in their major to assist in exploring undergraduate research opportunities and networking within their field of study. 


When I’m not in my office, you can find me: 

  • Working on research
  • Involved in the National Academic Advising Association’s Research Committee
  • In the classroom teaching CORE 100, Advising 101, Intro to the Liberal Arts, Adulting 101, Goal Setting, and many more
  • Playing video games (I am a huge Final Fantasy XIV and Overwatch fan)

My current research interests are:

Deconstructing Institutionalized Racism: The Need for Diversity in Higher Education

“Are Americans as Free as They Were a Generation Ago?”: A Podcast on the Evolution of Protest Music

Grappling with the Lack of Diversity in Career Counseling and the Job Market: Gender, Race & Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation and Socio-Economic Status

Examining the Legal Implications of Pay to Play: An Analysis of the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Current Position & Its Meaning for Student Athletes & Institutions

A STEP in the Right Direction: The Development of the Second-Year Experience in a Pandemic Timeline

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Wiley Hall, Room 217