Outreach & Civic Engagement Specialist
Shawn Vriezen is one of the few Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs) in Minnesota. As a CDI and as an ASL linguist, Shawn has been hired for a wide range of video, interpreting, and performing arts projects. Most recently, Shawn signed the National Anthem at the Blackhawks/Wild hockey game and was an actor in Ten Thousand Things Theater's production of Dear World. Shawn understands the importance of including all individuals in our diverse community in the political process and uses his versatile ingenuity to do so.
"I value my work in the community as an Outreach & Civic Engagement Specialist because it enables me to put my words into action and be at the forefront of enacting change. It’s not about me, but about the impact on the signing community and even more so the next generation. Just as I benefit from the work of previous generations, I choose to carry the torch and continue that work by paying it forward." ~ Shawn Vriezen