College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Betty J. Kagan

Advisory Board Chair
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After studying French, Spanish, Italian and German at KU, Betty spent a year abroad in Paris at the Institut de Professeurs de Francais a l'Etranger at The Sorbonne.  She extended her knowledge of French to include linguistics while teaching and receiving her MA at UCSB, Upon graduation Betty took a group of high school students to Nantes to experience living with French families with the Experiment in International Living, now part of World Learning.  After travelling extensively across Europe, Betty ended up studying Hebrew at ulpan in Jerusalem then working for Melia international Travel in Israel.

These studies of languages, literature and experiential cultural learning prepared her for her 30+ year business career in Information Systems after leaving NYU, including working in Reservations for Air France while at NYU, developing  global financial and HR systems  at American Express, implementing expat tax and HR software Price WaterhouseCoopers, directing global product management for Oracle's HR product and finally as CIO at London Metropolitan University.  This included working on IT consulting and development projects in Europe and Asia, plus living and working for 12 years in the UK.



Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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