Penn State World Campus Virtual Book Club

Read and Engage With Your Peers

Our Virtual Book Club is a program designed to provide a shared experience among new students who read the same book and engage with each other in a dialogue about the concepts introduced. Tell Me Who You Are by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi is the 2020-2021 book selection. 

About Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi co-founded the organization CHOOSE in 10th grade to provide the tools we lack to talk about race and identity in America. They published a racial literacy textbook for educators called "The Classroom Index," which has been recognized and funded by Princeton University and is currently being used by educators in more than 30 states. Before attending Harvard and Princeton University (respectively), Winona and Priya traveled to all 50 states, collecting hundreds of powerful stories about race, culture, and intersectionality. They are the youngest residents in the TED Residency Program and spent their summer further analyzing their research before heading to college.

Tell Me Who You Are

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.

Club Activities

Read the Book

Request a complimentary e-book (while supplies last) by completing the form below, which opens May 12. A code to redeem your e-book will be sent to your PSU email in approximately 7-10 days. You may also find the book at your local library. 

Join the Discussion

Students who request an e-book will gain access to the Virtual Book Club, which will begin on June 1st. This is a great opportunity to engage with your peers and faculty members, while discussing thought-provoking topics. The book club will be divided into six, one-week lessons in Canvas. Each lesson will cover two chapters of the book with three to four discussion questions. Discussion questions will be posted every Monday. 

Participate with Us

Check back soon for more information about service projects, live discussions and other ways to get involved with the book and fellow students. 

Contact Us With Questions

The book club will open for participants on May 12. If you have specific questions about the Penn State World Campus Virtual Book Club please contact student affairs at [email protected]. If you have any technical support questions, contact World Campus Technical Support.

If you plan to get your book from the library or you already own a copy, you will be added to the book club in Canvas, but will not receive an e-book code.