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Leigh Sugar

About Me

#disabled #disabledpoet #disabledacademic

I'm a writer, learner, thinker, and teacher passionate about broad accessibility and undoing the harm that ableist and racist histories exert on institutions. I am finishing my 2nd master's degree in policy with a double focus on criminal justice policy and operations & management; my first was in poetry. I have two books forthcoming, both creative works loosely about arts in prison, and have published my poetry and prose in internationally recognized journals including POETRY, jubilat, and more. I can seem nervous and anxious at first; I thrive with validation and clear communication to learn when I can improve upon a task. My experiences and interests are varied, spanning from quantitative skills like working with budgets, to very "soft" skills like effectively communicating with people in distress. I've worked for non-profits, academic institutions, retail locations, and contracting companies. Due to my health needs, I am particularly interested in work I can do on my own schedule. I am always able to complete deliverables on time, however I hope for flexibility in when and how that work gets done. I take pride in my kindness and empathy and hope to bring my humor to wherever I end up employed. Learn more at

Ideal Workplace Values

I enjoy working with people who are passionate about their work, and who are also committed to organizational sustainability, meaning working smart for the long-term rather than intensely but burning out. I am always looking to grow my skills and understanding of all subjects, particularly with regard to race and racism, classism, and ableism. As a white woman I take very seriously the privileges I've been afforded, and actively seek to work with folks who are also interested in imagining a world without such rampant racism.


Ann Arbor, Michigan, US

Open To

Part Time JobFreelance/Contract WorkCo-opPart Time Internship

Work Settings


Career Interests

Data-Related WorkEducation & InstructionWriting & Language Services

Skills & Strengths

Neuroexceptional Talents

I have a unique ability to see both micro and macro-level aspects of tasks and organizations as a whole. I'm also incredibly sensitive when communicating with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, and take seriously the importance of communicating in a way that works for all involved.

Creative ThinkerDeep EmpathizerDetail-oriented ThinkerStrong Emotional Intelligence

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Inclusion Essentials


Work from homePatience with multiple questionsAbility to work from any position (i.e. standing, laying down)Allowance of Fidgeting DevicesFlexible scheduleextra time off for appointmentsAccessible BuildingSupport with Self-Advocacy


1 on 1 CommunicationInterviewer Experienced with NeurodiversityExtra timeCommunication PlanWritten ChecklistsReceiving Information in Advanceshorter meetingsPeriodic Rest BreaksStanding DesksErgonomic SeatingNoise-cancelling HeadphonesQuiet / Individual WorkspacesSelf-stimulation tools / gadgetEmployee Resource Group

Sensory Sensitivities

Driving a vehicle
Heavy lifting
Bright, blinking, or fluorescent lights
Loud noises
Outdoors or places with strong smells
Standing for long periods
Variable temperatures

Certifications & Training

Registered Yoga Teacher

Yoga Alliance
Issued 2015 | No Expiration Date