Leander Yazzie

Leander Yazzie

Success & Completion Advisor Native/Indigenous Student Advisor

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  • Arizona State University - American Indian Studies (B.S.), Sociology (B.A.)
  • University of Oklahoma - Human Relations (M.H.R.) University of Washington Tacoma
  • Higher Education Leadership (ABD-Ed. D.) United States Air Defense Artillery School

Three Fun Facts:

I like to hike, bike, and run.

Top 5 Strengths from StrengthsQuest:

  • Futuristic
  • Adaptability
  • Empathy
  • Woo
  • Consistency 

What is one thing you wish you knew about college before you started as a student?

I wish I had been more involved with student groups and other leadership/career opportunities.

What do you like to do when you're not working?

Take time to myself by watching movies and listening to music. Take my dog to the dog park.

Favorite Quote: "T'aa hwo' aji t'eego - it's up to you." - Navajo (Dine)


Born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. After obtaining my bachelor's degree from ASU, I joined the United States Army and served for 10 years, stationed in South Korea, Fort Sill, Fort Bliss, and JBLM. Deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). I have a dog and cat who have strong personalities and combine forces to protect their house and owner.