By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)
This Ram lives a life of amazing service. Kush Desai grew up in Colorado Springs and began his college career studying business at Creighton University. When he realized his heart was in non-profit work, he transferred to CSU and declared a social work major.
Kush loved both the major and the faculty in the department of social work. His favorite CSU memory was participating in a 2015 diversity demonstration organized by students in the department; 2,000 students were on the Lory Student Center Plaza educating students about privilege and marginalization. He also helped develop Friends of L’Arche in Fort Collins, an organization that creates community for persons with developmental disabilities, and published a self-help book, Tea with Kush, to help people find their passion.
After graduation, Kush worked for two years at Catholic Charities as supervisor for a homeless shelter. He currently is a case manager at Focus Care, Inc., where he helps seniors on Medicare and Medicaid transition from nursing facilities to independent living situations. He recently created a foundation that raises money to support a scholarship for students studying social work in Colorado as well as for Colorado-based non-profits focused on health and human services. This stalwart Ram not only lives a life of service but one of giving.
A life member of the CSU Alumni Association, Kush explains his decision to join: “The University did a lot to support me as a student. Membership gives me a sense of connection to the University and is a way of giving back.” He continues, “Being a life member is in tune with my philosophy, and I’m proud to be a CSU Ram!”