New York, NY
Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of Colorlines.com.
A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last twenty years, Rinku has positioned ARC as the movement's national home for media, research and activism. She has extensive practical experience on the ground, with expertise in race, feminism, immigration, economic justice, philanthropy and community organizing. Over the course of her career, Rinku has woven together journalism and organizing to further social change.
Rinku is the Vice Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and is a Boardmember of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. She is the Chair of the Media Consortium and sits on the boards for Restaurant Opportunities Center-United and Working America. Additionally, she is a Prime Movers fellow through the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
Rinku is a highly sought-after speaker on a broad range of racial justice topics. She is the author of The Accidental American: Immigration and Citizenship in the Age of Globalization and Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing. Rinku has regular columns at Colorlines, the Huffington Post, and Jack and Jill Politics. Additionally, her commentary and work has been featured in Forbes, The San Francisco Chronicle, Market Watch, International Business Times, TomPaine.com, AlterNet, Racialicious, The Root, the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and the Windy City Times, among other media outlets.
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Rinku tweets at @RinkuWrites.
by Rinku Sen on April 16 2013, 10:17AM
Care for those hurt. Care for those who will be accused. And care for ourselves. That’s how we’ll grow together, rather than tear apart.
by Rinku Sen on April 3 2013, 8:29AM
Because the deliberately divisive and willfully inaccurate term has stood in the way of real discussion for too long.
by Rinku Sen on February 11 2013, 9:31AM
If you love food, and if you love people, Saru Jayaraman’s new book new book wants you to help ensure the sustainability of both by taking a look into restaurant workers’ lives.
by Rinku Sen on November 21 2012, 9:44AM
Rinku Sen’s holiday homework: Join a letter writing campaign to interrupt the president’s record-setting pace of deportation.
by Rinku Sen on November 19 2012, 9:50AM
Sen’s opening speech at Colorlines’ gathering of 1,400 racial justice change makers set the tone for a conversation that stirred so strongly it became a trending topic on Twitter.
by Rinku Sen on October 24 2012, 9:00AM
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who’s become one of the nation’s most high profile immigration reform advocates talks to Rinku Sen about his journey.
by Rinku Sen on October 18 2012, 9:35AM
This week’s presidential debate highlighted the fact that there’s a distinctive difference between getting invited to the party and actually having fun.
by Rinku Sen on September 18 2012, 9:53AM
In a world that had gone colorblind in the post-Civil Rights era, ARC’s focus on communities of color was anathema to some, and savior to many. Come join us as we celebrate three decades of hard work.
by Rinku Sen on August 14 2012, 8:32AM
Rinku Sen profiles several artists and cultural organizers who’s work you can check out this summer—and at our Facing Race conference in November.