MIA Q&A – Meaghan Baxter

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MIA Q&A – Meaghan Baxter

Meaghan Baxter is the Publicity Manager for #MakeItAwkward. Her role includes handling media relations and outreach, promotion of new initiatives, drafting copy for media materials and blogs as well as lending a hand with various facets of the organization.

What made you want to get involved with #MakeItAwkward?

I’ve been good friends with Jesse and Julia for a couple of years now, and my involvement began with wanting to help them spread the word. It’s evolved from there into wanting to learn from the experiences of others and do what I can to help make our society more inclusive for everyone.

What have you learned from the experience so far?

#MakeItAwkward is a continuous learning experience. It’s made me more aware of the micro aggressions that are so prevalent and how to address them in a constructive, positive way. It’s also helped me address my own privilege and realize how that impacts others.

What do you do for work outside of your role with #MakeItAwkward?
I work as a Sr. Public Relations Associate with Anstice Communications, a boutique firm in Calgary and do freelance photography. I worked in journalism before switching to PR and was the Managing Editor/Music Editor at Vue Weekly in Edmonton, so I still do some writing for a couple of publications.

What are three fun facts about yourself?
• I was a figure skater for 13 years.
• I was really involved in theatre as a kid. My biggest role was Fern in Charlotte’s Web.
• I used to do concert photography, and some highlights were AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Alexisonfire, City & Colour, Eagles of Death Metal, Flaming Lips and Heart.

If you could give people one piece of advice on how they can #MakeItAwkward in their daily lives, what would it be?
Listen carefully. Listen to what those around you say, how they speak about other people, the stereotypes that are enforced through daily interactions and speak up when you hear any form of discrimination. It’s not always easy to #MakeItAwkward with your friends or family, but it presents an opportunity to have a constructive conversation with them. In contrast, be aware of how you speak to others, your own views and question why you may feel a certain way.