In response to the 2021 NAFEA Conference, The Future of WIL: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, this editorial paper explores many of the conference presentations and topics related to the inclusion and participation of diverse cohorts in WIL activities. These topics include partnership and relationship management and the importance of including diverse key stakeholder voices in the co-design process. There is also a fundamental need to understand the key challenges for historically disadvantaged or under-represented groups, and the impacts on employability and career development learning outcomes. Within this paper, the WIL in Practice Editorial Board members call on education providers to step up to the challenge to provide the necessary staffing and resourcing to support equity initiatives in order to foster social change.
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