Priya Vulchi & Winona Guo
Social Entrepreneurs & Student Activists
Founders of CHOOSE
Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo are the founders of the racial literacy non-profit CHOOSE, student activists, and authors of Tell Me Who You Are—which they wrote after traveling to all 50 states to interview people about race and intersectionality. In 2019, Priya and Winona were named two of Teen Vogue's 21 under 21 Young People Changing the World. Currently, they are juniors in college—Priya attends Princeton and Winona attends Harvard.
DAY 2 KEYNOTE
Choosing Racial Literacy
Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi examine of the seeds of racism and strategies for effecting change. Winona and Priya started CHOOSE in 2014 because they realized every part of their daily lives—from neighborhoods to friend groups—were shaped by racial division. 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. Winona and Priya share key experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity collected on their cross-country tour of America and 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. Participants will gain insight to the tools for effective conversations about race.
This workshop is approved for 1-hour Renewal Credit/CEU for: IC&RC/NJ-AP Certification Board | NAADAC | and DOE.