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Racial Literacy For Every American

We started CHOOSE in 2014 because we weren't talking about race. At the same time, we realized that every part of our daily lives—from our neighborhoods to our friend groups—were shaped by racial division.

​We began by listening to people's stories and sharing them on this website. A year later, we published all of them, paired with statistics and systematic context, in one textbook-toolkit called The Classroom Index. We called our model a bridge for the "heart-mind gap" in our TED Talk here

Now, we've traveled to all 50 states, collecting stories about race, culture, and intersectionality for our next book, Tell Me Who You Are. CHOOSE is a recently registered non-profit, and 100% of author proceeds go directly toward CHOOSE. We are still working to provide every American—and particularly K-12 educators and students—with the tools for effective conversations about race. 

We imagine every school in the United States requiring racial and intersectional literacy curriculum, especially by supporting our educators—that way, young people like us can grow up not only proud of their backgrounds, but caring about the communities we share. We imagine racial literacy as a 21st century life skill. We imagine us all collaborating to co-create a shared American culture that is loving and honest. That's the story of our nation we seek to share one day.

Thank you to all those who have supported us on our journey here—and as we continue to get to work!

CHOOSE Co-Founders/Co-Presidents
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Priya + Winona

We traveled to all 50 states to gather stories from over 500 incredible human beings about how race, culture, and intersectionality have impacted their lives. We couldn’t have done it without these amazing humans. Thank you to our incredible advisors, donors, hosts, and everyone who was courageous enough to share their story. Below, meet the team members who worked directly on the book with us.


Tabitha Rucker, Natalie Marinides, Shane Spring, Nayha Zahid

Taylor Whittington, Najma Dayib, Mckim Jean Pierre, Anna Cincotta

Jennifer Nguyen, Isabella Nuñez, Khadeeja Qureshi, Sabrina Roberts

Eric Holdhusen, Darya Tahvildar-Zadeh, Jasmine Lyte, Gabrielle Myers

Michaela Guo, Raisa Rubin Stankiewicz, Yasna Vismale, Nancy Wilson

Kiara Kunnes, Kimi Kobayashi, Yoselin Hernandez, Amy Huang

Connie Cai, Cassia Cai, Brenna Miller,

Rin Nagano

Marina Curchitser

not pictured: Priyanka Nanayakkara, Lee Linde


Neha Shah, Dione King, Protim Adhikari, Ethan Frisch

Brian Fong, Jocelyn Jimenez, Eran DeSilva, Marie DeAngelo

Ophelia Hu-Kinney, Sybil Hampton, Linda Oppenheim, Hunter Taylor

Nikko Viquiera, Milton Reynolds, Corrine Sanchez, Kelcy Bentley

John Kirk, DeJon Jordan, Sara Fairley, Andrew Bentley

Annah Kuriakose


Professional Advisory Board: Allison Bland, Howard Stevenson, Nishat Ruiter, Ruha Benjamin, Roberto Schiraldi, Simona Brickers, John Cutsinger, Eduardo Cadava, Shirley Satterfield, Jennifer Lea Cohan, John Steele, Joshua Guild, Saraswathi Shukla, Julie Meyers, Kareen Ross, Karen Griffin, Kristina Donovan, Neha Shah, Timothy Campbell, Protim Adhikari, Timothy Charleston, Linda Oppenheim, Liz Vogel, Martha Sandweiss, Marie DeAngelo, Ethan Frisch, Jocelyn Jimenez, Steve Cochrane, Thomas Safian


Ayesha Qureshi, Abby Emison, Hamza Nishtar, Brian Li, Sage Adams


Visual designs by Marie Louise James


Website development by Isabella Peralta

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