Sydney was a member of the executive board for a chapter of United For Undergraduate Socio-Economic Diversity (UFUSED) at the University of Virginia (Uva). As advocacy chair, she tried to create relationships with faculty, other organizations and the community to encourage dialogue about socio-economic diversity at the university and at secondary institutions. With the cuts to AccessUVa (UVa’s financial aid program), UFUSED’s role was even more important. Sydney sought to engage the community through her activities inside and outside the organization by emphasizing student empowerment and encouraging and equipping students to be catalysts for positive change. Aiming to create a cohesive university community and promote multiculturalism, she was a peer advisor for the Office of African American Affairs and a resident advisor for the International Residential College at the University of Virginia.