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Reflections on diversity and inclusion during COVID-19

By Junna Ro

Junna Ro (jro@metromile.com) is General Counsel for Metromile in San Francisco, California, USA.

Those of us who work for companies that mobilized quickly to enable employees to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic—in industries where this is even feasible—feel fortunate. The possibly once-in-a-lifetime experience of living during a global outbreak of a highly infectious, novel virus has had such a disruptive, devastating impact on the world around us. For me, it has triggered such a range of emotions, particularly as it became apparent that this strange, new alternative universe would be our reality for the foreseeable future. After a particularly thought-provoking conversation with a friend, I’ve reflected on this time and its connection to another issue that matters: diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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