Winona & Priya
TED Residency Fellows
Racial Literacy Advocates
Travels from: San Francisco, CA

“In Tell Me Who You Are, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo do exactly that— tell us who they are, how they have come to thinking so carefully, so deeply about race, and how they want to create change.” — Roxanne Gay, New York Times Bestselling author

In 2014, Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo entered sophomore year of high school, only a few months after the murder of Eric Garner and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In their home state of New Jersey, financial literacy was a requirement, but racial literacy—the ability to think about and act on race and racial injustice—had been completely absent from their education. So, that fall, the two friends founded CHOOSE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit and creative project, with the goal of advocating for required racial literacy curricula in all K-12 schools. As juniors, they developed a 224-page racial literacy textbook, which was recognized and funded by Princeton University, featured in Teen Vogue, and used in classrooms in over 40 states. An early version was piloted in elementary school classrooms in their home district.

Guo and Vulchi then took a gap year before college, fundraising and traveling to all 50 U.S. states to interview people across the country about their experiences with race. Their most recent book, Tell Me Who You Are (Penguin Random House, June 2019), shares reflections and stories from their journey and was called “at once hopeful, raw, and brimming with curiosity, engagement and youthful energy” by the writer Roxane Gay. Along the way, they were named two of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21 Young People Changing the World and the youngest TED Residents ever. They have spoken at dozens of venues, including at TEDWomen in 2017 (their talk, “What it takes to be racially literate,” has over 1 million views), TED Residency 2018, United Nations’ Girl Up Conference, Gucci’s Chime for Change Conference, NEA’s Racial and Social Justice Conference, MSAN, SERC, MTI, Google, GoPro, and over a dozen schools nationwide. In 2022, they each graduated from Harvard and Princeton University.

Winona & Priya's Featured Titles

Tell Me Who You Are: A Road Map for Cultivating Racial Literacy

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Discrimination & Racism

In this deeply inspiring book, Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive discussion about racism in school, the two young women deferred college admission for a year to collect first-person accounts of how racism plays out in this country every day–and often in unexpected ways.

In Tell Me Who You Are, Guo and Vulchi reveal the lines that separate us based on race or other perceived differences and how telling our stories–and listening deeply to the stories of others–are the first and most crucial steps we can take towards negating racial inequity in our culture. Featuring interviews with over 150 Americans accompanied by their photographs, this intimate toolkit also offers a deep examination of the seeds of racism and strategies for effecting change.

This groundbreaking book will inspire readers to join Guo and Vulchi in imagining an America in which we can fully understand and appreciate who we are.

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Racial Literacy in the 21st Century

1 hour talk: 45 min presentation, 15 min Q&A
Two youth advocates share their journey traveling to all 50 U.S. states in support of racial literacy in American K-12 schools.

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Youth Activism in Our Public Schools

1 hour talk: 45 min presentation, 15 min Q&A
Tell Me Who You Are authors share their journey as high school students seeking to make a difference in their community.

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

Youngest residents in the TED Residency Program
Named two of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21 Young People Changing the World
Two of Bitch Media’s 50 Most Influential Feminists

Media Kit

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