Xavier Arana is a Deaf Latino from Nicaragua. At the age of ten, with no knowledge of ASL and English, he and his family moved to Miami, Florida then later relocated to Houston, Texas. Xavier proceeded to attend Rochester Institute of Technology where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering technology. Currently, he lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his family. Xavier works as a Senior Lead Mechanical/Process specializing in designs related to HVAC, plumbing, and piping for various type of food plants and large buildings. In his free time, he likes to cook, travel, scuba dive and spend time with his family.
“The work, the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans do, is important because their work helps to eliminate all different kinds of barriers-new and existing, from education to public access. Public access is important for airports, parks, shopping malls, and anywhere that hosts special events for people to enjoy. We have a lot of things we can work on. For example, proposing accessibility improvements for both sides, not just for “owners.” I am very excited to be a board member because I enjoy doing work that benefits all. I also really like learning new things and experiencing new things. I hope to see improvements in the lives of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans. Together as a community, we stand united to support Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans!” ~ Xavier Arana