KICKGLASS CQ Leadership

Center for KickGlass Change

The KICKGLASS CQ Leadership program focuses on developing open-minded leaders, of all identity intersectionalities, who enter the workforce with the tools to mitigate individual and structural bias and the empathy to include and unite. These workshops will develop Cultural Intelligence and Inclusion skills organized around the four CQ Dimensions to a variety of stakeholders.  The Center will offer Virtual Reality training that places the learner in a real-life situation to identify bias and develop empathy and allyship through perspective-taking. KICKGLASS Credentials will also focus on the intersection of Diversity and Inclusion with vital work skills including collaboration, problem-solving, and leadership and can be scaffolded for certificates. 

The CQ LEADERSHIP program provides opportunities for “majority” students to become agents of social change through empowerment to use their voice, experiential learning within difference, and full immersion to understand the experience of minorities. The CQ LEADERSHIP PROGRAM will provide students and professionals with the opportunity to complete co-curricular credentials to develop their Cultural Leadership skills. The credentials will be designed to promote growth through CQ DRIVE, CQ KNOWLEDGE, CQ STRATEGY, and CQ ACTION. It will provide participants with programmatic development through the four CQ dimensions to performative CQ LEADERSHIP in the CQ ACTION stage. 

KickGlass skills credentials within CQ Drive, CQ Knowledge, CQ strategy, CQ Action

In each CQ stage, students will focus on self-awareness, perspective-taking, and skill-development to develop as open-minded leaders, of all identity intersectionalities, who enter the workforce with the tools to mitigate individual and structural bias and the empathy to include and unite. The credentials will develop Cultural Intelligence and Inclusion skills organized around the four CQ Dimensions to a variety of stakeholders. KICKGLASS CQ LEADERSHIP program will leverage the Farmer School of Business’s decades of experience with delivering high-quality experiential learning opportunities to students and external participants. The Center for KICKGLASS Change will offer a variety of in-person and technologically-enabled remote credentials that will be available to all Miami students, faculty, and staff. They will also be extended outside the university for executive education and alumni learning.

Participants receive digital credentials which can be published on LinkedIn and social media to provide evidence of CQ development to employers, graduate schools, and customers. Each credential will consist of E-Learning and in-person workshops. Students can plan to earn all four credentials in one academic year. Each credential has a discounted fee of $199 for Miami students. 

KICKGLASS CQ Leadership Scholarships 

KICKGLASS CQ Leadership Scholarships are available for students with financial need and for under-represented talent. Under-represented talent in Leadership includes students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and female students in economics and finance. Please contact Dr. Gillian Oakenfull, Director of the Center for KickGlass Change at goakenfull@miamioh.edu for more information.

SPRING 2022 | KICKGLASS CQ LEADERSHIP Credentials


CQ DRIVE | CQ Foundations in BUS 101

Earned in BUS 101 by Farmer School of Business students This credential will provide participants with an understanding of why cultural intelligence is important, an assessment of their current cultural intelligence, an opportunity for self-reflection, and the development of a personalized plan for CQ Growth. CQ Assessment: Students take the CQ Pro online self-assessment of their cultural assessment, administered by the Cultural Intelligence Center,  to set a baseline for their growth at Miami University.  Each student receives a full assessment report that details their score on each of the four key dimensions and related sub-dimensions. They also see how they compare (low, moderate, high) to worldwide norms. CQ Learning: Students gain an understanding of the conceptualization and application of Cultural Intelligence through in-class and out-of-class learning, discussion, and application. CQ Self-Reflection + Growth Plan Students consider the takeaways of their CQ self-assessment and identify specific opportunities for personal growth. They then develop a personal CQ growth plan for their four years at Miami. Students build in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular offerings that will develop CQ
  • Format | Two hours of E-learning plus two 90-minute in-person workshops
  • Fee |  $199

Save your spot for Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 CQ FOUNDATIONS


CQ KNOWLEDGE | Mind the Culture Gap with CQ

Participants will build on the CQ FOUNDATIONS credential to deep dive into the application of the CQ Framework to adapt to difference. 

The process of developing the Cultural Intelligence that will enable us to go out and thrive in different cultures starts by looking at ourselves. In particular, at two aspects of ourselves. They are ‘Core’ and ‘Flex’. Both help to define us as leaders, although they are quite different. Participants will identify their own Core and Flex and learn how to work with conflict and intersectionalites when interacting with others. 

Cultural Values are personal preferences that remain relatively stable over time. An understanding of one’s preferences and learning about the typical preferences of others can help anticipate possible similarities and differences in the ways people approach life and work. Cultural Values can differ among individuals with similar cultural backgrounds and also between two individuals from different cultural backgrounds. Participants will gain an understanding of their own preferences in this area and compare them with typical norms for other groups to develop insights that can help understand other people’s actions and improve interpersonal effectiveness.

Finally, participants will explore their individual biases as well as the systemic cultural bias present in common organizational practices, processes, and policies. Research-based practices are embedded throughout. Participants will leave the workshop with culturally intelligent strategies for disrupting bias in their individual lives and organizations.

  • Format | Two hours of E-learning plus two 90-minute in-person workshops
  • Fee |  $199

Save your spot for Spring 2022 or Fall 2022 Mind the Culture Gap with CQ


CQ KNOWLEDGE | Stretch to Whole-Brain Thinking

Participants with build on the Cognitive Diversity and Thinking Preferences credential to learn how to become a Whole Brain® Thinker. Whole Brain® Thinking means being able to draw upon and use the thinking available to us all in each of the four quadrants, irrespective of our preferences. 

In problem-solving and decision-making, at an individual level and in teams, it enables you to take a comprehensive view of any situation and look at it from a variety of perspectives. As a result, you will have literally “thought of everything,” eliminating blind spots and surprises, reducing risks and increasing innovation. Whole Brain® Thinking also provides you with a framework for listening and better understanding as well as more effectively getting buy-in from other people as you communicate with them. It enables you to “hear” what others are saying even when they think differently from you and to present your ideas in your listener’s preferred style. The result is an opening of the lines of communication. 

Building on the KICKGLASS Cognitive Diversity module, Stretch to Whole-Brain Thinking provides participants with tools and strategies to ensure they are stretching beyond their thinking preferences to whole-brain approaches to problem-solving, decision-making, innovation, communication, and collaboration.  

  • Format | Two hours of E-learning plus two 90-minute in-person workshops
  • Fee |  $199

Save your spot for Spring 2022 or Fall Stretch to Whole-Brain Thinking 


CQ KNOWLEDGE | Walk A Mile in Their Shoes with KICKGLASS VR

The focus on this credential is cultural perspective-taking and empathy development. Begin with scientific measures of empathy to create self-awareness. 

KICKGLASS offers original programming that builds off of the CQ FOUNDATIONS micro-credential to address societal and systemic bias and offers perspective-taking and empathy development as a solution.  A source of much conflict in today’s relationships is our inability to see things from another person’s viewpoint. Being able to feel empathy and to take in the other person's perspective are two abilities through which we understand what is going on in the other's mind and learn how to better work across difference. One of the main assumptions behind perspective-taking is that looking at a problem from multiple viewpoints is almost always more informative than looking at a problem from only one viewpoint.

We will use a variety of methods including virtual reality and scripted scenarios to provide participants with a lens into the lived experiences of those who are different from them. KICKGLASS VR leverages licensed relationships with leading organizations in the VR training space for DEI to offer participants innovative, immersive, and psychologically safe experiences to walk-a-mile in someone else’s shoes. Experience and first-hand the workplace and societal bias that many encounter on a daily basis. How would you behave as a bystander to this situation? Consider whether you can identify bias and microaggressions when they occur.  

Learn from neuroscience to understand why groups of people experience social threat that impacts their performance in school, work, and society.

  • Format | Two hours of E-learning plus two 90-minute in-person workshops
  • Fee |  $199

Save your spot for Spring 2022 or Fall Walk A Mile in Their Shoes with KICKGLASS VR


CQ KNOWLEDGE | KICKGLASS Dialogues Across Difference

Social change is defined as changes in human interactions and relationships that transform cultural and social institutions. Inter Group Dialogues (IGD) bring together participants from different social identity groups (e.g. race, gender, religion, sexual identity, nationality) in a facilitated learning environment. Through sustained dialogue with diverse peers that integrates content learning and experiential knowledge, 

Dialogue is a collaborative communication process that engages students in self-other exchanges that illuminate intellectual and experiential similarities and differences. IGD encourages participants to be intellectually challenged and emotionally engaged. IGD engages students to explore issues of diversity and inequality and their personal and social responsibility for building a more just society. These facilitated relationships influence participants' understanding of their own and others' experiences in society and cultivate empathy, individual allyship, and collective agency to effect social change. 

Each IGD cohort is organized and delivered by two peer co-facilitators, typically graduate students or senior undergraduates for student IGDs. Co-facilitators are selected to represent opposites aspects of the theme in focus e.g. Black and White, Male and Female, CIS-Gender and CIS-non-binary.

  • Format | KICKGLASS IGD participants meet with their cohort for 8 weekly 2-hour sessions and develop a Social Change Action Plan to receive the KICKGLASS IGD credential. 
  • Fee |  $199

Save your spot for Spring 2022 or FALL 2022 KICKGLASS Dialogues Across Difference


KICKGLASS CQ Leadership Scholarships 

KICKGLASS CQ Leadership Scholarships are available for students with financial need and for under-represented talent. Under-represented talent in Leadership includes students of color, LGBTQ+ students, and female students in economics and finance. Please contact Dr. Gillian Oakenfull, Director of the Center for KickGlass Change at goakenfull@miamioh.edu for more information.