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Sometimes, you have to honor coincidence.

About five years ago, I noticed a growing number of APTA members interested in getting involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in our association. This has been an important topic for me for years, and I was moved to see that the concept was gathering momentum.

At the same time, a good number of members had never had a leadership position in the association before.

However, something about the idea of working toward improved DEI in our profession sparked a desire among members to get more involved — I even met some nonmember PTs who were willing to join so they could participate in the efforts.

And then the conversations began. But why was I the one having these conversations?

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