Rinku Sen, M.S.
General Session Day 3, We Lead With Action
About Rinku Sen, M.S.
Rinku Sen is the President of Race Forward and Publisher of award-winning news site Colorlines. A visionary and a pragmatist, Sen is one of the leading voices in the racial justice movement, building upon the legacy of civil rights by transforming the way we talk about race, from something that is individual, intentional, and overt to something that is systemic, unconscious, and hidden. Prior to her work at Race Forward, Sen served in leadership roles for over a decade at the revolutionary Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO), where she trained new organizers of color and crafted public policy campaigns. Sen’s cutting edge book Stir it Up, read widely by community organizers and taught on campuses across the country, theorized a model of community organizing that integrate a political analysis of gender, class, poverty, sexuality, and other issues.
The Co-Chair of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, Sen also sits on the boards of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Working America, and the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity. A highly sought-after keynote speaker for colleges, Sen has spoken at Harvard, Brown, University of Michigan, and Penn State, and was the Commencement Speaker at Antioch New England.
Sen received a B.A. in Women's Studies from Brown University and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. A native of India, Rinku grew up in northeastern factory towns, and learned to speak English in a two-room schoolhouse.