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International Development Students Win Map the System Competition

International Development fourth-year degree program students took first, second and fourth place in the Humber finals at the Map the System competition this year.

Run by Oxford University's Said Business School and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Humber was one of the first Canadian Colleges to participate in Map the System.

This competition challenged students to select a social or environmental issue and explore, probe, and research the connecting elements around it. The students were then required to present this issue back in a way that people could understand, share, and learn from.

Liberal Studies Professors Elinor Bray-Collins and Sara Hassan introduced the global competition in which twenty-seven student teams participated in. From the twenty-seven teams, ten were selected to advance to the finals. A panel of five judges evaluated and ranked each submission as follows:

  • First place: "No Clean Water: Canadian Indigenous Reserves in Crisis", By Jullieet Lai, Michelle Nguyen, Keesha Vizconde
  • Tied for Second Place: "Ontario's Blue Bin System" By Danielle Houston, Elizabeth Pinero and Tyler Slute
  • Tied for Second Place: "Stuck on the Streets: Toronto's Housing Crisis" By Paige Bishop, Alexia Bouchard, Graham Budgeon, Eryn Fletcher
  • Third place: "Black Mental Health in Ontario Post-secondary Institutions" By Ocheann Innis, Igho Itebo,
  • Honourable Mention: "Students in Crisis: Mental Health in Ontario's Post-secondary Institutions" by Rebecca Johnston

International Development undergraduate students placed first, second and fourth in the finals. First place winners Jullieet Lai, Michelle Nguyen, and Keesha Vizconde created a visual systems map of the complex water crisis in Canadian indigenous communities. They later went on to compete against graduate and undergraduate teams from across Canada in the National Finals live and online in Montreal on May 8th.

The Audience Choice Award for Best Video was given to the Humber team - making Humber College the first polytechnic to win an award in this global competition. Watch the team’s video here.

All viewers will also be allowed to vote for their favorite team. The top six teams will receive $10,000 each to support an internship or further research towards their topic.

Congratulations to these students on their outstanding achievement!