New CIRCLE Director

Dr. Vinay Kanetkar, Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies, is CIRCLE’s new director from July 1, 2023. Read about Kanetkar's research here.

Dr. Sharada Srinivasan was the inaugural Director from March 2020 to June 2023.








Dr. Shivajan Sivapalan: Culturally appropriate mental health services for racialized immigrant families

As a tutor and music teacher for underprivileged youth in Scarborough, in the final year of his undergraduate studies in Toronto, Dr. Shivajan Sivapalan met many families— and was shocked to learn they were often misguided or ill-informed about mental health. Dr. Sivapalan met a child on the Autism spectrum, who was of Indian background. “The family wasn’t sure what Autism was or meant . . . The mother had never heard the word before. And the worst part was that she felt it was her fault that her child was on the spectrum.” This was a life-changing encounter for Dr.

Seeking Student Research Participants: South Asians in the Media

This graduate research study is approved by the IRB at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Participate in a two-part study that involves answering questions about your background, attitudes and experiences. The first part is an online survey where you will be entered in a lottery drawing for the chance to win one of four $50 VISA gift cards. The second online survey will ask about your reaction to various popular TV shows. After completion, you will be entered in a lottery drawing for the chance to win one of eight $100 VISA gift cards.

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