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Priya Vulchi  

Co-Founder of CHOOSE

Priya Vulchi is a social entrepreneur and student activist. She is the co-founder of CHOOSE and author of "Tell Me Who You Are".

Vulchi is concentrating in African American Studies with a certificate in Cognitive Science. At Princeton, her current research focuses on political friendship—combining political theory, moral philosophy, history, and sociology to investigate how friendship can be a site of resistance. Previously, her junior year independent research focused on the climate crisis: she made a case for why “climate colonialism” is a more efficacious name, especially for centering the crisis' context of racial capitalism, and for highlighting its disproportionate impact on people of color globally.

Vulchi is also the co-founder of a non-profit, CHOOSE (, which aims to equip K-12 schools with the tools for racial literacy. For her work, she was named one of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 Young People Changing the World. Her first co-written racial literacy textbook, The Classroom Index (2016), was funded by the Department of African American Studies with a foreword by Professor Ruha Benjamin. With continued support from the department, after high school, Vulchi fundraised and took a gap year with her co-founder to travel to all 50 states, interviewing 500 people for their stories about race. Those stories are featured in her latest book, Tell Me Who You Are (Penguin Random House, 2019).

Outside of her academic and non-profit work, Vulchi is a Residential College Advisor in Mathey college, a Carl A. Fields Center Fellow, and active in the Pace Center for Civic Engagement

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