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Rachel Décoste - Independent. Ottawa, ON, CA

Rachel Décoste

Motivational Speaker, Immigration Policy and Political Pundit | Independent

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Rachel Décoste is a media critic, educator, and public speaker who has been involved in community activism since her youth.





Rachel Decoste gives reason why biracial people have blue eyes. Rachel heads to Washington Rachel Décoste, 18 decembre 2012




Rachel Décoste is a motivational speaker and pundit from Ottawa, Canada. Her op-eds have been published over 170 times in The Huffington Post, the Ottawa Citizen, Le Droit, and many others. She is primarily focused on immigration, integration, racial diversity, and multiculturalism.

Ms. Décoste is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Ms. Décoste has been a community activist since her youth, engaging in letter-writing campaigns to push for change in issues close to her heart: working with the Children's Aid Society to mentor foster children, volunteering to assist in the care of seniors at a local residence, and participating in the community effort to save the Montfort Hospital, among many other activities.

Ms. Décoste received a Volunteer Appreciation Award for her efforts with the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund and was involved with the Famous 5 Foundation's inaugural year in Ottawa. Her commitment has not been limited to local activities: she has traveled abroad to provide aid to people in need in Peru and Bolivia and helped with a drive to send literature to a library in Haiti.

Ms. Décoste was named in Ottawa's Top 50 Personalities in Ottawa Life Magazine's 2010.

Ms. Décoste is currently pursuing a Master's program at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Administration at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Industry Expertise (2)

Social Services


Areas of Expertise (8)

Community Organizing and Engagement

Political Activism

Political Consulting


Race and Racism

Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

Canadian History (non-white)

Diversity and Bias in the Workplace

Accomplishments (2)

Ottawa's Top 50 Personalities (personal)

2010 Conferred by Ottawa Life Magazine.

Volunteer Appreciation Award (personal)

From the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund.

Education (2)

University of Guelph: B.A., Computer Science 2001

The George Washington Univeristy: M.A., Public Administration

Concentration: Immigration Policy.

Affiliations (1)

  • Frédéric Bastiat Fellow at Mercatus Center

Languages (5)

  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Haitian Creole

Media Appearances (5)

Meet Canada's Donald Trump: PM Robert Borden

Huffington Post  online


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is shaking up the U.S. political establishment with his nativist policy ideas such as deporting Mexican workers, banning immigrants based on their religion and renegotiating (or cancelling) free trade agreements with the neighbouring nations.

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Little Black Lies: When Blacks Agree With Bigots  online


It's painful to watch someone pimp themselves out for a paycheque. But Black people do it every day. Why? To "go along to get along," to make colleagues comfortable, to ensure the few strands of opportunities that may come their way despite an uneven playing field aren't rubbed out.

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Trudeau's Cabinet Isn't As Diverse As You Think

Huffington Post  online


Stephen Harper's reign ended this week as PM Justin Trudeau took his oath. As Trudeau 2.0 picked the persons who will join him at the head table of political power, many in the media trumpet the "most diverse parliament ever."

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A Long Campaign Might Fix These 4 Problems in Politics

Huffington Post  online


"An election is no time to discuss serious issues." That is how a reporter summarized then-Prime Minister Kim Campbell's poorly-received pontification about the relatively short writ of Canadian elections. Campbell's observation was widely derided in 1993, but many political observers later reconsidered their knee-jerk dismissal of Campbell's quip -- most agree now that it was spot on.

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Dominican Republic and Haiti: Is it Time for an Island Reunification?

Huffington Post  online


To keep the peace, one might avoid pairing certain nationals together: Argentina versus Britain, Japan versus Korea, Armenia and Turkey, India versus Pakistan, Russia versus Ukraine. There's one lesser-known international squabble that's been festering for centuries: Haiti versus the Dominican Republic.

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Event Appearances (2)

Ask Women Anything

Media Action's "Ask Women Anything" series  Ottawa, ON


Seminar on Black Canadian Historical Figures

Speaker Series  Municipal Library of Gatineau