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.

Women in front of the U.S. Supreme Court hold up red, heart-shaped signs that say, "Keep Families Together!"

More Shattered Families

The Supreme Court’s non-decision on immigration means that, for now, states can refuse to expand DACA and start DAPA. How do we get over this stunning setback? 

Implicit Bias in the Time of Trump [OP-ED]

For the past 10 years, the concept of implicit bias—the race prejudice we hold in our unconscious minds—has been a key concept in our racial justice strategy and programs. In this Trumpian age of in-your-face racism, we’re reconsidering how we use this tool.

Steve Phillips: Liberals Rely Too Much on White Swing Voters

Conventional wisdom in liberal electoral politics is that you have to lock down White swing voters to pass progressive policy. In his new book, ”Brown is the New White,” civil rights lawyer and politico Steve Phillips argues that organizing a younger, browner “new American majority” is the key. 

Let's Drop the I-Word—Again

We pushed major media to drop the i-word five years ago, but the slur is making a comeback. It’s time for us to unite and say—again—that no human being is illegal.

Passing the 'Movement Notes' Baton

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.