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Nonbinary & Gender Noncomforming Authors - April 2021

This April, Pacific University Libraries is putting a spotlight on nonbinary and gender nonconforming authors, featuring recently published books.

Click on the genres above to find more!

Remember: if a title isn't available through our library, you can click on Request alternative access ("Request alternative access") in the catalog to get it through interlibrary loan (ILL). Click here for help using ILL.

Autobiography, Memoir & Collected Essays


Young Adult Fiction

For Younger Readers

Television Series


On Subjects Other Than Gender


Nonbinary is a term that refers to people whose gender is not completely and exclusively male or female. They can identify with not having gender at all, with both binary genders, with a third identity, or an identity which can change over time. Nonbinary people fall under the transgender umbrella term, and nonbinary is an umbrella term itself, although some people use it to describe their specific gender identity too.

- Nonbinary Wiki 



Self-Care & Success Strategies - Spring 2021

Feeling stressed? Battling burnout? Spring Semester A Struggle?

You're not alone!

We've gathered some resources to help you take care of yourself and achieve academic success this spring (click on "Success" above to find more).

"When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed."

- Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty (March 10, 2020)

From Pacific's Student Counseling Center

Student Recommendation

Library Resources

From Pacific's Office of Student Support

"Want to feel more organized and efficient? Have a goal that feels out of reach? What about finding new, more effective ways to study and learn for tests? Feeling stuck and not sure how to move forward? Work with a coach! We can help you get un-stuck, see the path forward, create strategies for academic success and find new perspectives."

 - What is Academic Coaching? video from Oregon State University (shared by Pacific Academic Coach Angel Mandujano-Guevara)

Open Educational Resources

Learn more about OERs here.

Library Resources

Women's History Month - March 2021

National Women’s History Month traces its roots to March 8, 1857, when women from various New York City factories staged a protest over poor working conditions.. Congress in 1981 established National Women's History Week to be commemorated annually the second week of March. In 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month...


From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.

- President Jimmy Carter's Message designating March 2-8, 1980 as National Women's History Week, from The National Women's History Museum 

Click here for details about how Pacific University is celebrating Women's History Month.

Find Inspiration in Nonfiction

For Healthcare Professionals

Autobiography, Memoir & Collected Essays

Recent Fiction by Women

Black History Month - February 2021

Let's Build a Beloved Community

Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized the notion of “beloved community,” by challenging citizens to envision and work towards cultivating a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings. Celebrate Black History Month with a panel discussion that centers the voices of BIPOC students, who will be exploring ways to build and strengthen our beloved community by sharing and affirming their lived experiences at Pacific University.

This virtual forum is open to all Pacific community members. Pre-registration is required.

Click here for event details.


BIPOC (abbreviation)

Black, Indigenous, (and) People of Color

POC is widely used as an umbrella term for all people of color, but now a different acronym is suddenly gaining traction on the internet—BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous, People of Color. People are using the term to acknowledge that not all people of color face equal levels of injustice. They say BIPOC is significant in recognizing that Black and Indigenous people are severely impacted by systemic racial injustices.— Chevaz Clarke

- Merriam Webster (newly added in 2021)


More from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How Did We Get Here?:
A Discussion on Medical Mistrust, Discrimination, and Healthcare Provision in Black and Latinx Communities

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join Pacific University, College of Optometry as we celebrate Black History Month with a live Continuing Education webinar from Dr. Breanne McGhee.

Click here for event details.

Library Resources Related to Racial Inequality in Healthcare

Black History in Forest Grove

Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 11:30 a.m.

February is Black History Month and there is a lot to remember and celebrate. However, very little has been written about the Black History of our local community specifically. This is in part because of a stunning lack of Black residents near Forest Grove before World War II, caused by both racist laws and widespread racist attitudes in Oregon. This talk will briefly discuss the history of the earliest known African American residents near Forest Grove (going back to the 1870s), the experiences of the earliest Black students at Pacific, and the rise of the Black Student Union in the 1960s-70s.

A note from the speaker Eva Guggemos, "I am planning to speak based on historical research in archival and published historical sources. I am not speaking with the same authority as members of the Black community who lived through these events. They should be considered the ultimate authorities on their own history. Discussion will follow the talk and further context, questions, and comments from attendees are very welcome."

Click here for event details.

Speaker Recommendations

Watch Oregon Experience: Oregon's Black Pioneers by Oregon Public Broadcasting (January 31, 2019):

More Streaming Videos

Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?:
A Hidden History

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Oregon has a history of Black exclusion and discrimination, but it has also played host to a vibrant Black culture that helped sustain many communities throughout the state — a history that is not taught in schools.

Join the online presentation Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History with educator, writer, public scholar, and poet Walidah Imarisha, who'll guide us through a timeline of Black history in Oregon that speaks to the history of race, identity, and power across the state and around the nation.

Click here for event details.

Historical Timeline

Explore this interactive timeline by Walidah Imarisha, originally published in this 2013 article for Oregon Humanities magazine (reproduced with permission from Oregon Humanities). View full screen.

Speaker Recommendations


Streaming Videos


Other Publications

More from Walidah Imarisha

"Inoculation for Racism:"
A Historical Background of The Diaspora and Racial Improprieties on African Americans

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join Pacific University, College of Optometry as we celebrate Black History Month with a live Continuing Education webinar from Dr. Edward “Larry” Jones.

Click here for event details.

Speaker Recommendations

More Library Resources Related to Racial Inequality in Healthcare

Beyond Slacktivism:
Making Real Change on Racial Justice

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

Are you feeling...

...inspired by recent Pacific events like Displacement in the Era of Black Lives Matter and Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?
....frustrated at the slow rate of progress on racial justice?
...confused about how to make a real impact with limited time and money?

Join the McCall Center for Civic Engagement, Pacific University alumni, and student leaders for an evening of insight and action! 

Click here for event details.

Organizer Recommendations

from Morgan Knapp, Program Coordinator, McCall Center for Civic Engagement

"'In 2021, we must commit to making social change a lifestyle choice, rather than an acute reaction to moments of urgency.' This article asks readers to start thinking about how they can become social change activists every day and regardless of what sector they occupy. Also links to a great video series 'The New Normal.'"


"This article uses Peggy McIntosh's famous 1988 paper 'White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack' to explore the distinctions of race and class when describing privilege. An accessible, plain spoken introduction to the concept of intersectionality."


"Pacific University prepares students for lives as informed and active citizens. Civic engagement addresses social, political, and environmental issues in the community through actions that can make a difference on those issues, including service, advocacy, awareness-raising, activism, action-oriented research, deliberative dialogue, electoral participation, and political involvement. We often refer to the Social Change Wheel to describe the variety of activities that fall under the umbrella of civic engagement at Pacific."

Other Resources

More on Social Justice & Activism

The Fire is Upon Us:
James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

What can the 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. teach us about issues of race and equality in 2021? Join this live-streamed program with Nicholas Buccola, author of The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America, in conversation with Dr. Paul Snell, assistant professor in politics and government at Pacific University.

Click here for event details.

Streaming Video

Watch the 1965 Baldwin-Buckley debate below or click here to access it through the library website.

More from James Baldwin

SMC Presents: Gentrification in Portland - Winter 2021

Gentrification in Portland

gentrification (noun)

A process in which a poor area (as of a city) experiences an influx of middle-class or wealthy people who renovate and rebuild homes and businesses and which often results in an increase in property values and the displacement of earlier, usually poorer residents.

- Merriam-Webster

Pacific University's Student Multicultural Center (SMC) kicks off Black History Month programming with a presentation on Displacement in the Age of Black Lives Matter: Understanding Gentrification in Portland.

SMC Presents: Pacific Men of Color - Winter 2021

Pacific University Libraries is partnering with the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) to support its Men of Color programming: a series of events with the goal of helping male-identifying students of color understand where they can find support, guidance and resources.

This guide is reflective of resources available through our network of regional academic libraries but is by no means comprehensive.

We want to know what you think! Click here to leave a comment and/or recommend a resource.

Recommended by Speakers & Panelists

Memoir & Autobiography

Topics on Masculinity, Race and Culture

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