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Common Read 2020-21

FIT Common Read Program 2020-21



Tell Me Who You Are

Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture & Identity

 Authors: Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi

We are very happy to announce that this year’s Common Read for the FIT community, and particularly for incoming students, is Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi's Tell Me Who You Are: Sharing Our Stories of Race, Culture & Identity.

"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.” Authors Winona Guo and Privya Vulchi will speak about their book and engage with the FIT community during our New Student Orientation in August.

The Common Read, is designed to bring the FIT community together around a single work of art, and aligns with the FIT Strategic Plan objective to provide an empowering student experience in a cohesive community.

Many thanks to members of the FIT Community who submitted over 60 Common Read book suggestions during our email invitation for book suggestions in the Fall. The Common Read Committee went through every suggestion and narrowed the list to this final selection. We thank the Common Read Committee for their dedicated contributions in selecting this year's Common Read title.

More About the Authors

Winona Guo is a social entrepreneur, student activist, co-founder of CHOOSE, and author of Tell Me Who You Are (Penguin Random House, June 2019). She will graduate from Harvard College in 2022.

Priya Vulchi is a social entrepreneur, student activist, co-founder of CHOOSE, and author of Tell Me Who You Are (Penguin Random House, June 2019). She will graduate from Princeton University in 2022.



The FIT Common Read Program is designed to foster a sense of community by encouraging a shared intellectual experience across the college. Since 2014, a committee of faculty, staff, and administration has selected a book as recommended reading for incoming students to the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

Common Read Selection Criteria

A book that:

  • students will enjoy reading and find relevant;
  • will challenge students intellectually;
  • faculty members can incorporate into their course reading lists;
  • can be discussed across the disciplines;
  • has not already appeared on most high school reading lists;
  • does not exceed 300-350 pages;
  • is available in various formats and is accessible to all; and 
  • ideally, has a living author.


2020-21 Common Read Selection Committee

Dr. Shadia Sachedina, Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Dean of Students (Co-chair)
Dr. Patrick Knisley, Dean for the School of Liberal Arts (Co-chair)
Abigail Agnew, student, Fashion Business Management
Dr. Sarah Blazer, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of The Writing & Speaking Studio
Dr. Katelyn Prager, Assistant Professor, English and Communication Studies
Julia Jacquette, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
Ruth Jeyaveeran, Assistant Professor, Textile/Surface Design
Dr. Tardis Johnson, Associate Dean for Student Academic Support, Academic Advisement
Madhumeeta Roy, Assistant Professor, Fashion Business Management
Carli Spina, Associate Professor and Librarian, Gladys Marcus Library
Kiara Williams, student, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries
Catlin Michael Wojtkowski, Counselor, Department of Student Life
Nedean Wilson, Counselor Associate, Academic Advisement Center



 Guide to the Common Read for 2020-21: Tell Me Who You Are
via the FIT Gladys Marcus Library

EBSCO eBook Accessibility User Guide and FAQs for students obtaining eBook versions ofTell Me Who You Are
via EBSCO Connect