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Winona

Guo

TED Residency Fellow
Racial Literacy Advocate
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 sophomore year of high school, Winona Guo (they/them) co-founded the non-profit, CHOOSE (chooseorg.org, @choose_org), with the goal of advocating for racial literacy curricula in U.S. K-12 schools. Alongside their friend Priya Vulchi, they co-wrote a 224-page racial-literacy textbook, which was funded by Princeton University and featured in Teen Vogue. They then took a gap year before college at Princeton University, fundraising and interviewing people across the country about their experiences with race. Winona co-authored book, Tell Me Who You Are (TarcherPerigee, 2019), features stories from the journey and was called “at once hopeful, raw, and brimming with curiosity, engagement and youthful energy” by the writer Roxane Gay. TMWYA is one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Nonfiction of 2019 and Penguin Random House’s top Common Reads, employed as first-year reading by universities nationwide.

Along the way, Winona was named among Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21 Young People Changing the World, Bitch Media’s 50 Most Influential Feminists, and the youngest TED Residents ever. They have spoken at dozens of venues, including at TEDWomen in 2017 (the 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. Winona has been represented by All-American Speakers, TED Speakers Bureau, Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau, and Authors Unbound. In 2022, they graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude, majoring in English and African American Studies and minoring in East Asian Studies. They have been featured in the BBC, The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Scholastic, Bustle, and more. Winona is now 24 years old.

Winona'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 resident in the TED Residency Program with Priya Vulchi
Named one 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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where you can download author photos and cover images.

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