MIA Q&A – JESSE LIPSCOMBE
Jesse Lipscombe is the co-founder and co-executive director of #MakeItAwkward. Since its launch in 2016, Jesse has travelled around the country teaching audiences of all demographics how to safely and positively address discrimination, representing the organization at events, and building partnerships with businesses and advocacy groups that strive to create everyday change.
What made you want to get involved with #MakeItAwkward?
Other than the fact that I co-founded it, it became a part of me. I continue to grow and explore different strategies to having meaningful conversations with people that I do not see eye-to-eye with. It is thick and satisfying work.
What have you learned from the experience so far?
I have learned that we are still in the early stages of online discourse and the “rules” are still being massaged. I have also learned that most people want to be a part of the change and only need to learn effective tools to assist.
What do you do for work outside of your role with #MakeItAwkward?
I’m also an actor, producer and speaker
What are three fun facts about yourself?
• I was once the 6th best high jumper in the world.
• I was once offered a full ballet scholarship.
• I get so nervous before every public thing I do. I feel like barfing and I get super sweaty.
If you could give people one piece of advice on how they can #MakeItAwkward in their daily lives, what would it be?
Learn a little about the person, culture or idea that scares you the most.