Sheetal began her career at a time when few South Asians were making their living as actors. Despite being told she’d have to change her name to work, her successful career has trail-blazed paths for other women of color across media. Sheth supports marginalized communities not only through her own pioneering work as an actor, but by also appearing at workshops and panels and speaking directly to issues facing those communities. She is also a cancer survivor and outspoken advocate, having delivered talks and keynotes at festivals and charity galas. She’s had op-eds published on outlets such as CNN, Parents.Com, and The Daily Beast and served in President Clinton’s AmeriCorps. She is one of the founders of the non profit, For The Love of Reading, and is currently on the advisory board of Equality Now and on the board of SAYA. She is also an author advocate for Room To Read.