Meet a Maven: Rinku Sen, Racial Justice Activist and Author

One of the most powerful and respected voices on race issues in America.

​The veteran author, journalist and racial justice activist is known widely as one of the nation’s leading voices on complex race issues and for two decades has been highly sought as a keynote speaker and guest commentator.

In 2017, she launched RinkuSen.com on Maven and late that year was appointed to Maven's board of directors.

Sen served for 11 years as executive director of Race Forward, the center for racial justice innovation, and as the publisher of its award-winning news site, Colorlines.com.

Under Sen’s leadership, Race Forward generated hugely impactful racial justice successes, including the the groundbreaking investigative report "Shattered Families," which aimed a national spotlight on the deportations of parents leading to the placement of thousands of children in foster care, often separating them permanently and legally from their families. Sen was the architect of Drop the I-Word, a campaign for media outlets to stop referring to immigrants as “illegal,” resulting in the Associated Press, USA Today, LA Times and many more outlets dropping the I-word.

In 1996, Ms. Magazine named the Brown and Columbia grad one of 21 feminists to watch in the 21st century and in 2008 she was tabbed by Utne Reader as one of 50 Visionaries changing the world.

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