Rinku Sen

Rinku Sen
Rinku Sen Publisher
New York, NY

Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Publisher of

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,, 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.

A New Window on the World

by Rinku Sen on January 15 2007, 12:00PM

On Sept. 11, they lost their friends and their jobs. Today, they’ve organized a worker-owned restaurant.


White Progressives Don’t Get It

by Rinku Sen on January 15 2007, 12:00PM

If racism dilutes progressive solutions, can’t racial justice improve life for everyone?

Topics: Schools & Youth

Facing Race in 2006

by Rinku Sen on November 15 2006, 9:09AM

In the wake of last week’s election, many of us are still celebrating a historic shift in Congress. But we need to remember that a shift from one party to another, even in a month of historic firsts like…

Topics: News Items

Black Men, Asian Women on TV

by Rinku Sen on September 22 2006, 7:18AM

I had a great time at a Public Square event in Chicago last week talking about the little bit of writing I’ve done on the race and romance front, in particular a piece on Black Men and Asian women…


The Welfare Nanny Diaries

by Rinku Sen on September 15 2006, 12:00PM

In a debate that revolves around the needs of parents and children, the woman who meets those needs sometimes gets lost.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth

“Get to the Back of the Bus”?

by Rinku Sen on August 24 2006, 12:06PM

Check out this crazy story in the Shreveport Times about a school bus driver in Coushatta, Louisiana who “reserved” seats at the front of the bus for white children and made 9 Black children get to the back of the…


Tuskegee Redux?

by Rinku Sen on August 23 2006, 11:19AM

This morning I was in the elevator at work with two 20-something men, one white, one ambiguous. They started talking about a man they had seen at a Wal Mart while they were on the road recently. After speculating on…


Black Men, Asian Women

by Rinku Sen on March 21 2006, 12:00PM

Exploring fantasy and reality, starting with TV hospital dramas.

Topics: Arts & Culture

What the Hurricane Revealed — Organizers in New Orleans Look at the Long Fight Ahead

by Rinku Sen on December 21 2005, 12:00PM

Progressives talk about the aftermath—- and rebuilding.

Topics: Hurricane Katrina

Grassroots Forces Gather for Impending Welfare Battle

by Rinku Sen on November 29 2000, 12:00PM

Rinku Sen looks into the internal workings of two promising coalitions.


The First Time was Tragedy, Will the Second be Farce?: Fighting Welfare “Reform”

by Rinku Sen on November 25 2000, 12:00PM

Rinku Sen asks why Clinton’s welfare “reform” passed so easily in 1996—and whether progressives are ready to challenge reauthorization in 2001. In hindsight, it is obvious that efforts to prevent passage of welfare reform in 1996 were far too…


Building Black-Brown Unity: Rhode Island’s Home Daycare Campaign

by Rinku Sen on June 10 1998, 12:00PM

Rinku Sen examines the Black-Latina dynamics in organizing publicly subsidized daycare providers in Rhode Island.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Schools & Youth