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LGBTQIA+ Pride - Summer 2021

This June, Pacific University Libraries is celebrating LGBTQIA+* Pride with some of our favorite books and movies. The titles below feature queer characters, authors and real-life stories. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

Coming up later this year, we're planning a larger display for LGBTQIA+/Queer History Month in October, when more people will be both on campus and interacting with this site. Tell us what you'd like to see!


Image: Valentino Vecchietti / Intersex Equality Rights UK (2021)

*While there are several widely accepted versions of this acronym, we're following the recommendation of Pacific University's Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, as defined in its online glossary of terms:

LGBTQIA+ | Acronym encompassing the diverse groups of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and asexual and/or corresponding queer alliances/associations. It is a common misconception that the "A" stands for allies/ally. The full acronym is "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, with all other queer identities that are not encompassed by the letters themselves being represented by the "+".

About Pride

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SMC Presents: Juneteenth 2021 - June 2021

Join Pacific University Friday, June 18, 2021 at 3 p.m. for a virtual Juneteenth celebration

Juneteenth, a combination of the words June and nineteenth, is a jubilee of freedom commemorating the end of slavery. Juneteenth marks the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom on June 19, 1865.  

For more than 150 years, Black American families, home cooks and chefs have commemorated the holiday with a wide range of food traditions that tell a story of the perseverance of Black people. You are invited to a virtual cookout, complete with a cooking tutorial for cowpea salad by Bon Appétit, trivia, and songs!

Register for the event.

Cowpea Salad Recipe

Pacific University Libraries is partnering with the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) to honor Juneteenth with a celebration of Black American cooking. Most of the books featured below come from other libraries, but picking them up at one of our locations is easy! After you click on the book's cover, look for Request alternative access ("Request alternative access") to log in with your PUNetID and place an interlibrary loan (ILL) request. Get help using ILL.

We also encourage you to explore our Anti-Racist Resources Guide and Walidah Imarisha's presentation: Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?: A Hidden History.


History (with Recipes)

More About Food & Recipes

More About Juneteenth

Celebrating AAPI Heritage - Spring 2021

This spring and summer, Pacific University Libraries is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage!

Click on the genres above to find library books and movies.

Scroll down to find resources related to campus events, along with resources related to racism and anti-Asian discrimination.

Autobiography, Memoir & Collected Essays

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The "Model Minority"

Higher Education

Other Topics Related to Identity


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Young Adult Fiction

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Juvenile Fiction

Picture Books

Streaming Video

Grandpa Grumps Read by Harry Shum Jr. - The Conscious Kid (May 4, 2021)

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Streaming Video

Did you know that all Pacific students have access to the local public library's streaming video?

Click here to browse AAPI Heritage Month titles.

Click here to get access with a Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) library card.

Use Pacific's address (2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116) and enter your UC Box # in the “Apt/Unit” field.

If you don’t have a UC Box, just put your department/school name.

All the other information should specific to you (phone, email, etc.)


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AAPI Heritage Month - Events - May 2021

Image: Tim and Cathy Tran, Pacific Magazine (Spring 2018)

nguy cơ: Danger and Opportunity: What it Means to Find Refuge in America

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Event Details

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Pacific University Libraries are proud to host an evening with Tim (Khiem) Tran '74, Board of Trustees member, as he shares his journey from student to political refugee.

Learn More:

Image: Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project / Pacific University

Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project: Gold Mining on the Upper John Day River

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Student Multicultural Center in partnership with the Forest Grove Library present, "Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project: Gold Mining on the Upper John Day River," as part of AAPI Heritage Month.

Join the livestreamed program with Don Hann, Forest Service archeologist and co-principal investigator on the Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project. OCDP is a multi-agency partnership between the Malheur National Forest, the Southern Oregon Laboratory of Anthropology, the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site and the Grant County Historical Museum that has been excavating in rural communities, remote mining camps, and railroad construction sites across the state to better understand and shed new light on the history and lived experiences of Oregon’s early Chinese residents.

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An Evening with Kawai Strong Washburn

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Student Multicultural Center in partnership with the Forest Grove Library presents, "An Evening with Kawai Strong Washburn," as part of AAPI Heritage Month. The author will read from Sharks in the Time of Saviors and answer questions from viewers. His groundbreaking debut novel folds the legends of Hawaiian gods into an engrossing family saga; a story of exile and the pursuit of salvation.

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From Microaggressions to Hate Violence: Racism towards AAPI Communities

Monday, May 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

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Pacific University presents, "From Microaggressions to Hate Violence: Racism towards AAPI Communities," an evening with Dr. Kevin Nadal, a renowned psychologist, professor, author and activist based in New York.

Dr. Nadal will be using an intersectional lens to address how racism, microaggressions, and hate-based violence towards AAPI communities impacts their mental health and well-being. He will also provide space to celebrate the resiliency, contributions and strengths of the AAPI community as we kick off AAPI Heritage Month at Pacific.

Event Recording:

More from Dr. Nadal:

Image: Pacific University

Our Journeys to Pacific

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Event Details

Join Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) faculty and stafffor a virtual panel discussion, "Our Journeys to Pacific," moderated by Ravneet Dhaliwa '22.

Panelists will share their personal stories and answer questions. Topics include, stereotypes of AAPI identity, mentoring and career paths (successes and failures) and employment opportunities as well as white allies and affinity groups. Join the discussion and participate in breakout sessions. 

Stop AAPI Hate - Spring 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic an increase in xenophobia, anti-Asian racism, discrimination, and hateful rhetoric have been used to fuel violence against the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. 

- "We Stand with Our AAPI Communities" Letter from Pacific University President Lesley M. Hallick (March 17, 2021)

There is no room for hate in libraries. Racism, misogyny, xenophobia, sinophobia, systematic, intentional and intersectional violence, and other forms of white supremacy will not be tolerated in our communities or in our libraries.

- Statement from ACRL Oregon (March 19, 2021)

We Need To Talk About Anti-Asian Hate - Eugene Lee Yang, "The Try Guys" (March 24, 2021)

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Anti-Asian racism, and the horrific acts that often accompany it, have been intertwined with our country’s and [Oregon’s] history from the earliest days of Asian immigration to our shores. The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; the St. Johns Riots of 1910, when a mob of hundreds of white residents attacked a group of South Asian mill workers… in Multnomah County; the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II and the ensuing destruction of their lives and livelihoods — all are examples of this dark history.

- Statement from the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners (March 18, 2021) 

Library Resources

The timeline below is by no means comprehensive; consider it a starting point for more research.

1693 - Ship from the Philippines Crashes on the Oregon Coast

1787 - Earliest Known Date of People Traveling from the Hawaiian Islands to the Pacific Northwest

1819 - River Named for Hawaiian Men Killed During Trapping Expedition

1830s - First Reports of Japanese Sailors Reaching Oregon

1850s - Chinese Pioneers Settle in Oregon

1860s-1870s - Kanaka Flat Mining Camp

1865 - Kam Wah Chung Built

1882-1943 - Chinese Exclusion Act

1887 - Hells Canyon Massacre

1890s - Portland’s Japantown Built

1899-1946 - The Philippines as U.S. Colony

1900s-1910s - Punjabi Communities Form in Oregon

1900s-1920s - Korean Immigrants Begin to Arrive in Oregon

1905 - Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition

1910 - St. Johns Riot

1925 - Work Crew Forced Out of Toledo

1942-1946 - Internment of Japanese Americans

1970s-1980s - Southeast Asian Refugees Arrive in Oregon

2010s - Rohingya Refugees from Myanmar Arrive in Oregon

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For Members of the AAPI Community

Report an Incident

Ways to Support the AAPI Community

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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

Nonbinary & Gender Noncomforming Authors - April 2021

This spring, 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). Get 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 



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 

Learn 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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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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.

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Streaming Video

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

More from James Baldwin

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.

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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.

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."

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

More Streaming Videos

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! Leave a comment and/or recommend a resource.

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