RIMA Survey


  • Research has shown that racial and intersectional microaggressions (RIMAs), “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color”, Persons with Disabilities, & Queer and Trans folks  (Sue, et al., 2007) are a threat to inclusive climates in higher education.

  • Results from the Racial & Intersectional Microaggressions online survey (RIMA) explore the experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color, to include individuals identifying as Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander [AAPI], Latinx, Middle East and North Africa [MENA], Jewish, Muslim, and/or Multiracial), Persons with Disabilities (PWD), and LGBTQIA undergraduate and graduate students at UNM. Disability may be a physical impairment, chronic pain or illness, neurodiversity, and/or mental health or c/s/x (consumer/survivor/expatient) 

  • All Lobos are invited to participate in RIMA presentations, workshops, and focus group discussions concerning RIMAs. If interested please subscribe to unmequity.unm.edu

  • The UNM Racial & Intersectional Microaggressions (RIMA) Survey was administered March 8-April 12, 2021.

  • A representative sample of racial and ethnic minority students in addition to students who have accessed the LGBTQ-Resources Center or Accessibility Resources Center were invited to complete the survey.
  • Though RIMAs can be subtle and may be dismissed by perpetrators (Harwood, et al 2010, 2012), their effects can affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC, to include Latinx/Hispano, AAPI, MENA, Jewish, Muslim and multiracial individuals) emotionally and physically (Pierce 1969, 1970, 1974; Solorzano 1998; Sue, et al 2003; Sue 2010). Unfortunately, RIMAs create inequities in education, employment, health care, and housing. Implicit bias can lead to RIMAs.

  • The Division for Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and RIMA survey principal investigators are leading workshops during Fall 2021 to teach participants to interrupt RIMAs and enhance our inclusive climate at UNM. Click here for the list of upcoming workshops.