About The Book

An eye-opening exploration of race in America

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.

2020 HDESD We Read

High Desert ESD is proud to continue our annual, organization-wide book club. For this 2020 We Read, we have chosen Tell Me Who You Are by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi. We will be ordering weekly throughout this summer and early fall; and will deliver paper book orders directly to your home.

About We Read

Through the We Read program, we aim to provide an opportunity for HDESD staff to read, learn, and reflect together. By choosing books that connect with our organization’s goals in equity we are building shared language and understanding through dialogue about our communities and the nature of our work to help children succeed. This shared learning can take various forms and formats; we’ve created a few to get the conversation started. We encourage you to participate and help us build our We Read culture at the HDESD.

Here’s what you need to know for now:

  • You can order a copy of the book using the form below.
  • We have paper and digital format available, at no cost to you.
  • You can also join our private Facebook group: click here to join!
  • The We Read is an opportunity that is entirely optional. You are not required to read or participate in a group.

Planning for Fall

The We Read group is working on options to discuss the book in the fall either virtually or in person. If you have ideas to share, we have a space for them in the order form below. Thanks for helping us co-create learning spaces!