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Satwinder Bains

Satwinder Bains

Director, South Asian Studies Institute

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Dr. Bains' research interests include migration and integration; cross-cultural education curriculum implementation; race and ethnicity; women's rights and cultural politics; Diaspora studies; Sikhism and the politics of identity and cultural historiographies.

Satwinder has multiple years of professional work experience in community development and has worked extensively with not for profit organizations in the area of cross-cultural mental-health, immigrant women, youth and families and board development on diversity and equity, diversity, cross cultural development, women's rights and socio-religious interfaith dialogue. She is a consummate community advocate and volunteer and has assisted numerous community organizations develop and grow. She continues to serve on numerous committees and organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

Satwinder is a longtime advocate of cross-cultural education. She has been a diversity educator, community developer and community activist in the areas of women's rights, youth empowerment and immigrant settlement integration. Satwinder is an avid participant in community affairs both at the civic and provincial level.

Recent Publications:

Bains, S. 2014. Indo Canadians: No need to be hyphenated.

Bains, S. (2104). A national Historic Site of Canada - The Gur Sikh Temple, Abbotsford. In 1914-2014 Komagatamaru Centennial Souvenir. Vancouver BC: Komagata Maru Foundation.

Bains, S. Evaluation Abbotsford Building Connections Project. Abbotsford BC. Dec 2013.

Jarvis, P., Koehn, S., Bains, S., Cheema, J., Gourdiraan, D., & Addison, M. (2011). "Just scratching the surface". Mental health promotion for Punjabi seniors (forums) -- final report. Vancouver, BC: Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence Health Care (CHAP). Available at: [10/12, 2011].

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