Kusum Gosain

From: Chandigarh, India  Current City: Woodbury, MN
"In my own way, I feel like immigrants are ambassadors for our home countries. You try to share your own culture while learning about the culture here; you try to find the happy medium."
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After leaving her home country of India, Kusum Gosain settled into life in Canada. A few years later, she started the process over again when she journeyed to the U.S.

Ms. Gosain was born in Chandigarh, a city in the Northern part of India. She lived there with her parents and two siblings until one of Kusum’s uncles offered to sponsor her for residency in Canada. Kusum and her parents discussed the opportunity and realized it would be a great opportunity for her. In 1991, Ms. Gosain left her family behind and started a new journey in North America.

While living in Canada, Ms. Gosain attended the University of Alberta where she earned a Master’s in Food & Nutrition and met her husband. She lived in Canada for seven years before deciding to move to the United States. Kusum’s husband was offered a job in Appleton, Wisconsin, and the two of them moved in 1998.

Moving to the United States meant starting over again. Kusum left her Canadian friends behind, left her job, and moved from a house to an apartment. Because she entered the country on a dependent visa, Ms. Gosain was unable to work during the first few years.

Since moving to Minnesota, Ms. Gosain has worked for 3M where she currently serves as the New Product Development Leader. She is very passionate about volunteering in the area. In 2012, she served as the president of the India Association of Minnesota and spent five years on the organization’s board of directors. She lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with her husband and son.


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