New York, NY
Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Publisher of Colorlines.com.
A leading figure in the racial justice movement for the last 20 years, Rinku has positioned Race Forward 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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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…
by Rinku Sen on June 10 2009, 10:12AM
Andrea Batista Schlesinger, a featured speaker at Facing Race 2008 and an ARC boardmember, has written her first book, The Death of Why: The Decline of Questioning and the Future of Democracy. The ability to inquire deeply is the lifeblood…
by Rinku Sen on May 14 2009, 9:06AM
It is with much enthusiasm that I write to you today. The Applied Research Center, ColorLines Magazine and its blog, RaceWire, are gaining ground in spreading and popularizing racial justice. We are proud and excited to share some of our…
by Rinku Sen on February 12 2009, 7:27AM
Yesterday, the Washington Post reported on the Migration Policy Institute’s list of 36 recommendations on immigration policy that the Obama Administration can and should take up. These changes – stopping to reassess the border fence and ending the criminal prosecution…
by Rinku Sen on January 20 2009, 2:01PM
The part of today’s swearing-in that remains clear, hours after the event, is a line from Elizabeth Alexander’s poem. I’m not a big on poetry – I’m too plot-oriented and speedy, and the stillness required to enjoy most poetry generally…
by Rinku Sen on November 18 2008, 8:33AM
Continue to second part of the video and a transcript of the speech Welcome to Facing Race 2008 Last week, like many of you, I celebrated the election of the first person of color as President of the United…
by Rinku Sen on October 13 2008, 3:00PM
Today, the New York Times reported on rising hate crimes against immigrants in Italy. A 19-year-old African who had been raised there was beaten to death by two bar proprietors over a package of cookies. This latest incident, after…
by Rinku Sen on September 22 2008, 3:18PM
Editor’s note: Rinku Sen and Fekkak Mamdouh are in bookstores in the Bay Area, Seattle, and Portland, OR this week discussing their book, The Accidental American. As we travel around with the book, I’m fascinated that at every event,…
by Rinku Sen on September 5 2008, 2:29PM
I’m overstimulated and can’t focus, so here are some disconnected (or maybe not) thoughts. Last night, my mother, the former Republican, asked me with that touch of mad in her voice, “did you hear how sarcastically Giuliani talked about community…
by Rinku Sen on August 28 2008, 1:45PM
Of América - It’s Our Soverignty, Stupid: Panel on Immigration, Economic Justice and the DNC Angry Asian Man - angry asians at the democratic national convention, part 2 Black Women in Europe - Video of Michelle at Invesco Zentronix…
by Rinku Sen on August 28 2008, 7:13AM
Yesterday, I was all about the Latinos. First, I interviewed people about the Latino vote and what the Obama campaign is doing to get it. Latinos at the convention are enthusiastic about their candidate (“Obamanos”), but there is some…
by Rinku Sen on August 27 2008, 4:23PM
I’m in the Big Tent where all the bloggers are, well those who aren’t on the convention floor. Hillary Clinton, who had garnered about 340 delegate votes by then, just moved to end the roll call vote and nominate…
by Rinku Sen on August 27 2008, 8:35AM
Yesterday I went to a panel on “The Culture Wars: the role of Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Religion and values in the Fall Campaign.” Dan Abrams of MSNBC’s Verdict moderated, and did quite a good job, and the line up included…