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Here’s the team! We’re a motley crew. And when we get together, really cool shit happens — we’re thrilled to share it with you through RUDE.

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Emilie Nicolas

Emilie is doing her PhD in anthropology and brings an extra critical edge to our RUDE conversations. Emilie is an anti-racism activist, and the founder of Quebec Inclusif. She’s a Montrealer with the most kick-ass prints in her wardrobe and is also a superb chef!

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Daniella Barreto

Daniella is one of RUDE’s co-hosts and our overzealous branding boss. She works in the nonprofit space in digital activism and has a background in epidemiology and public health. She’s a photographer, anti-racist queer activist, and low-key troublemaker who has a really hard time not wearing black.

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Michael Lipset

Michael is a RUDE co-host and our phenomenal audio engineer— the person who makes the podcast sound so damn pro. Mike is an ex-rapper and PhD candidate upsetting the setup that upsets students and sets our youth up for failure. Basically, he builds the schools you wish you went to!

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Kara Sheppard-Jones

As RUDE’s producer, Kara keeps us on track and gets shit done. She’s also a networking queen! She’s a social innovation geek with type A tendencies who counter-balances things with spontaneous dance parties and lots of laughing (too loud at times).

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Nicole Leaver

I’m a feminist researcher with a lowbrow sense of humour and existential tendencies. I am starting my PhD in September which probably won’t help with the latter. I have a lot to say about alternative and post-capitalist economies, radical left politics, and the ethics of AI.

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I’m a raccoon.

Here to make things look SYMMETRICAL! And because RACCOONS are kinda rude.