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In the last few years, the workforce has experienced a steady influx of challenges and changes due to both external and internal factors. As employers try to navigate the new normal, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) has come to the forefront of focus for leadership, contributing to a rise in awareness, commitment, and resources. While the key focuses around DE&I have remained consistent over the years, the current landscape differs in that it has drawn unprecedented attention to this critical area.

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