Kids first start recognizing a world structured by racial injustice at three years old, but the first time we talked about race in school was tenth grade. Now 18, we've dedicated our lives to ensure that we start this timely conversation earlier: our hope lies in every teacher’s power to shape generations of unity and love.
In high school, we published a 224-page racial literacy textbook funded by Princeton University's Department of African American Studies and currently impacting students in over 30 states.
But racial literacy shouldn’t stop outside the classroom.
Instead, we envision a culture where every person’s story and act matters, where people can refocus their work toward justice no matter wht background or profession they have, no matter who they are.
So The Race Index was born: our next book. From last July 2017 to this February 2018, we’ve been traveling to all 50 states during our gap year before college, collecting stories from ordinary people—as well as research—about race, culture, and intersectionality
. The book is scheduled to be released in fall 2018.
We hope to give a platform to unheard voices around the country, to tell youth of color like ourselves and adults alike that their stories matter. We believe that publishing hundreds of them in one collection, accessible to everyone but especially for educators, is one of the most effective ways to transform minds and hearts everywhere in the United States.
It's up to us to raise the funds for this project and keep it alive as we enter college this Fall (and beyond). For more information about what we've been up to, continue reading below :)
Each contribution truly enables our work—we're so grateful for all donations. Thank you so much for believing in us and our mission!
Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
More background on CHOOSE:
The Classroom Index has been recognized by Princeton University's Prize in Race Relations, featured in Teen Vogue
, the Philadelphia Inquirer
, & the Huffington Post
, and called a “social innovation
more necessary than the iPhone” by Princeton Professor Ruha Benjamin.
Sponsored by Airbnb, Greyhound, and Princeton University’s Department of African American Studies (among others), Priya and Winona are currently on a gap year dedicated to CHOOSE
before attending Princeton University and Harvard University (respectively). They’ve spoken at TEDWomen 2017
, GoPro, and over a dozen K-12 schools nationwide along the way. Follow their journey on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook by searching @princetonchoose.Other Grants and recognitions
: Princeton University Department of African American Studies, the Princeton Education Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant, Princeton Prize in Race Relations, Not in Our Town Unity Award, Joint Effort Safe Streets Witherspoon-Jackson Community Youth to Watch Award, Congressional Gold Medal, the President's Volunteer Service Award, and the Harnisch Foundation among others
The Classroom Index.
Some of the people we've met so far on our trip to all 50 states. Their stories will be featured in the next book.
Some of our team members and advisors!