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 February 24 2011, 12:01PM
Pick the approach that fits your temperament and skills, and then commit to it.
by Rinku Sen on February 17 2011, 1:40PM
Midwestern black and Latino ‘hoods have three times the number of high-priced, quick loan shops as white ones.
by Rinku Sen on February 14 2011, 12:51PM
A series of reports reveal how poorly employers treat the people who will make your Valentine’s dinner so nice.
by Rinku Sen on October 28 2010, 10:41AM
ColorLines Publisher Rinku Sen puts the frightful past two years of political discourse in context.
by Rinku Sen on September 15 2010, 3:27PM
Racial justice activists from across the country are meeting in Chicago for the largest multi-racial gathering in the country for advocates committed to change.
Topics: Facing Race 2010
A few loud voices are spewing hate, but unless the rest of us stand up and counter it they will set the tone for us all.
by Rinku Sen on September 3 2010, 1:39PM
More workers than you think don’t enjoy the protection of labor laws. A look at their jobs, and the burgeoning movements to get them rights.
by Rinku Sen on September 2 2010, 11:31AM
An historic New York victory demonstrates what today’s labor movement needs to look like.
by Rinku Sen on July 23 2010, 2:12PM
The lesson of Shirley Sherrod is we must stop talking about racism as a personality problem.
by Rinku Sen on March 25 2010, 12:00PM
The right’s successful attack on ACORN should teach us a plain, bracing lesson: By challenging entrenched power, we make ourselves targets. Be ready to fight.
by Rinku Sen on February 11 2010, 10:18AM
I am delighted to announce that Kai Wright, writer, editor, and author of Drifting Toward Love will be joining the Applied Research Center and ColorLines as our Editorial Director. Kai has written extensively for ColorLines, and his pieces include The…
by Rinku Sen on December 16 2009, 1:24PM
Originally published on The Huffington Post Negotiations have resumed in Copenhagen after a walkout by the African delegation on Monday. African governments were concerned with the lack of commitment by rich country governments to reducing their own emissions. This follows…
by Rinku Sen on October 6 2009, 8:08AM
This piece was coauthored with Billy Parish of the Energy Action Coalition; it originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Last week, the Labor Department reported that youth unemployment stands at 18.2%, nearly twice the national average of 9.8%. The percentage…