About the Survey

Disability is an identity category, like race, gender, and sexuality, so people with disabilities must be part of our conversations about and pursuit of justice, equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion (JEADI) at UNM.

The Survey of UNM Faculty with Disabilities aims to gather data from disabled faculty at UNM about their experiences in the spirit of disability justice scholar and advocate James I. Charlton’s admonition “Nothing about us without us.” It seeks to shed light on the diversity of disability at UNM – not only the range of disability at UNM but also the variety of answers to the question: What is your experience of being a disabled faculty member at UNM?

Principal Investigator Dr. Marissa Greenberg has conducted research in the field of Disability Studies, educating constituencies about issues facing disabled faculty in higher education, and identifying and advocating for strategies and tactics to improve the experience of disabled faculty at UNM.

The confidential Survey of UNM Faculty with Disabilities will be conducted in the fall of 2022. Data collected will shape future initiatives to create diverse and inclusive climates in units and enhance faculty members’ accessibility, scholarship and inclusion.

This survey asks about experiences of ableism, harassment, and other forms of implicit and explicit bias at UNM. Before respondents begin, we invite them to prepare in whatever way they deem appropriate (e.g., have a glass of water or comforting object nearby). Respondents may experience feelings of “triggering,” including distress, anxiety, and upset, while completing this survey. In the case of this or similarly traumatic experience, respondents may wish to pause or cease the survey and reach out to a mental health provider. For resources available to UNM faculty, access https://mentalhealth.unm.edu/. Additional resources open to all UNM faculty include (in alphabetical order): 


  • AGORA Crisis Center (http://www.agoracares.org/) offers a help-line, online chat, information and referrals, and non-judgmental help for anyone in need of emotional support. Anyone is welcome to use the service, and one does not need to be "in crisis" to call or chat with them.  


  • Crip Liberation (criplib@unm.edu) is a student group seeking to redress ableism and accessibility for disabled students at UNM. Directing students with disabilities to this group is one option for faculty, both disabled and non-disabled, to help disabled students find community and accommodation. 
  • Counseling, Assistance, and Referral Services (CARS) (https://cars.unm.edu/) promotes a healthy work-life balance by providing on-site services to assist UNM faculty and staff members with professional and personal concerns. Relationship difficulties, anxiety, stress and job burnout, depression, eldercare, coworker conflicts, alcohol or other drug abuse, managing change, grief and loss issues and preparing for retirement are just a few of the issues CARS can address.    
  • Ombuds/Dispute Resolution Services for Faculty (https://ombudsfac.unm.edu/odr-services-for-faculty/) provides UNM provides consultation & mediation services to UNM faculty & administrators for potential or ongoing workplace conflicts.    


  • Wayfinder (forthcoming) is a resource for faculty, staff, and students to navigate options when confronted with harassment and bullying at UNM, including ableism.