University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement

March 1: Rinku Sen, Leader in Racial Justice Movement to Speak

February 21, 2012

Rinku Sen, a national leader in the racial justice movement, will speak on “Creating Spaces of Belonging: Reflections on Community, Culture and Conflict” on March 1 at 7 p.m. at St. James

Sen is president and executive director of the Applied Research Center http://www.arc.org/ and the publisher of Colorlines.com. She is a columnist at the Huffington Post and a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media.

Sen is the author of Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing, a primer on best practices in community organizing; and The Accidental American, a book about Moroccan immigrant Fekkak Mamdouh, who co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center http://rocunited.org/ in the aftermath of September 11.

Prior to ARC, she held various leadership roles at the Center for Third World Organizing and was named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in 2008. Sen is a native of India who grew up in the northeastern factory towns and learned to speak English in a two-room schoolhouse.

The suggested $5 donation at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds) will benefit 5604 Manor, a progressive community center, http://5604manor.org/.

The event is sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, ; and The University of Texas Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/index.php

For more information, contact Robert Jensen at (512) 471-1990 or rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

Location: St. James’ Episcopal Church, 1941 Webberville Road, Austin, TX, 78721

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