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The challenge

The Center for Social Impact and the Woodbury School of Business is excited to announce it will be hosting this year’s UVU Map the System competition. This campus-wide competition is in preparation for the Oxford University Global Map the System Competition, where UVU’s winning team will participate with dozens of other universities across the world, culminating in final presentations hosted by Oxford.

This year's local competition will be held on December 2, 2021.

How it works

The UVU Map the System competition involves choosing a social issue, researching it through a systems thinking lens, visually mapping out the systems that contribute to the problem, and presenting your research and visuals at a culminating event. 

Students who wish to participate must organize into teams of 2 to 5 individuals. Weekly instructional workshops will be required beginning the third week of October through all of November, with mandatory attendance from at least one team member at each workshop.


The culminating event will be held the first week of December, where teams will be judged based on their research, visuals, and presentation. The winning team will move on to the Oxford University global competition, and receive one-on-one mentorship from the Center for Social Impact throughout spring semester. 


Form and register your team by Friday, October 15. You will receive an email with additional information, and be added to calendar invites for the weekly workshops. Access the registration form here: REGISTRATION FORM



Weekly workshops will be held on Tuesdays. Dates, times, and topics are listed below.

  • October 19, 5-7 p.m. 
    Systems Thinking + Mapping and History, Power, & Equity
  • October 26, 5-6:30 p.m. 
    Defining a Problem + the Systems Thinking Iceberg
  • November 2, 5-6:30 p.m. 
    Stakeholders + Qualitative Research
  • November 9, 5-6:30 p.m. 
    Root Cause Analysis + Feedback Loops
  • November 16, 5-6:30 p.m. 
    Gaps & Levers of Change


Please reach out if you have any questions. Contact Cassie Bingham at