In case you missed it, Rinku Sen came to the University of Minnesota on Tuesday to meet with students and speak with individuals about social justice and racial equity. With upwards of 300 people attending her speech, Rinku was welcomed with open arms to the Mayo Auditorium. She talked about topics ranging from the start of her organizing career, to her developing her identity as a woman of color, to social justice organizing strategies such as being explicit in naming systemic oppression, coupled with stories from her own personal experiences as an activist. This inspirational and memorable evening was topped off with a dessert reception and a book signing of Rinku Sen’s, Stir It Up.
A memorable part of Rinku’s Speech was her intro in which she explained to the audience that she didn’t just become a woman of color, she had to work for it. She got involved in organizing and activist work when her friends encouraged and pushed her to join them in a rally during their sophomore year of college and since then, she has flourished into an amazing speaker and inspirational leader. She did an excellent job encouraging and teaching the audience ways in which they could become activists and, through her own experiences, proved that if you have a vision and the right people on your team, you can achieve your goals.
The Women’s Center would like to thank Rinku Sen for being a part of such a memorable evening and all of our co-sponsors for helping to make this event possible. If you would like more info on the event visit the Twitter hashtag #RinkuSenUMN to read about other people’s experiences.