Rinku Sen

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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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Hiring More Cops of Color Won't End Police Violence Against Black Civilians

by Rinku Sen on May 27, 2015 2:48PM

Rinku Sen argues that boosting racial diversity in police departments isn't enough to stop racist policing. The solution, she says, lies in confronting unconscious, hidden racial bias and taking a top-to-bottom look at how race affects policies and practices, regardless of who is carrying them out. 

Topics: Police Violence, Criminal Justice

Rinku Sen and Jeff Chang Discuss His Latest, 'Who We Be'

by Rinku Sen on Oct 21, 2014 8:15AM

Chang's new history of multiculturalism, "Who We Be: The Colorization of America," drops today.

Topics: Society, Arts & Culture

Rinku Sen: On the Civil Rights Act's 50th, Workplaces Remain Segregated

by Rinku Sen on Jul 2, 2014 7:00AM

Fifty years after the Jim Crow-busting Civil Rights Act became law, occupational segregation runs rampant in the United States.

Topics: History, Economy, Labor

Passing the 'Movement Notes' Baton

by Rinku Sen on Jun 5, 2014 1:45PM

I've been honored to have this space to share racial and social justice movement trends, successes and lessons with Colorlines readers. I'm excited to introduce Terry Keleher, who will take over this column from here.

Topics: Movement

Rinku Sen: Old Economic Policies Shape Today's Migration Tragedies

by Rinku Sen on May 1, 2014 7:00AM

What's so frustrating about our immigration policy debate is that we hold it as though it is domestic policy only, as though it has no relationship to U.S. foreign policy and global economic behavior.

Topics: Immigration, Movement

Rinku Sen: What Mandela Taught Us

by Rinku Sen on Dec 6, 2013 2:21PM

He showed us how to fail epically, fail justly, fail lovingly, so that, in time, we can succeed.

Topics: Movement, Mandela's Legacy

10 Racial Justice Wins For 2013

by Rinku Sen on Dec 5, 2013 7:00AM

This has been a big year for the movement. Race Forward's Rinku Sen brings us through the highlights.

Topics: Movement, Politics, Race Forward

The Case for Putting Race Forward

by Rinku Sen on Nov 6, 2013 7:30AM

We can't solve a problem no one's willing to name.

Topics: Movement, Race Forward

My March on Washington, in Tweets

by Rinku Sen on Aug 26, 2013 9:04AM

Rinku Sen covered the massive event--and all the voices there--140 characters at a time.

Topics: Movement, March on Washington

Building a New Racial Justice Movement

by Rinku Sen on Aug 20, 2013 8:22AM

Creating a multiracial movement for justice requires more than slapping the word "new" in front of "civil rights movement."

Topics: Movement, Politics, March on Washington