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anti-Semitism. The college presidents challenged Bannon to "take a more expansive, informed, and tolerant world view in your leadership role … Now more than ever, we look to those who would lead the United States of America for a message of inclusion, respect, and unity." Johnson also joined with more than 90 college presidents in a second open letter, this time urging the continuation and expansion of the program that enables undocumented immigrant students raised and educated in the United States to remain in the country. Also in November, and just a few months after assuming leadership of Wellesley College, Johnson wrote her own letter to the editor of here and beyond, and we hold that mission dear. It is a critical time for Wellesley College to use its powerful voice to keep the focus on gender equity," avows Johnson. In November of 2016, Johnson and fellow presidents of the histori- cally all-female colleges penned an open letter to Stephen Bannon, then President-elect Trump's senior counselor. They chastised Bannon for his disparaging remarks toward lesbians, feminists, and alumnae of the Seven Sister Colleges (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley College). They also called him out on other forms of bias, including racism and To the Editor: Re "Hostile Acts Against Minorities, Often Invoking Trump, Erupt Across U.S." (news article, Nov. 11): The fact that The New York Times was able to document so many adverse incidents on school campuses immedi- ately after the election is reason for serious concern. It would be irresponsible to chalk up these troubling confrontations — which have overtones of discrimination and intimidation — to mere clashes of political opinion without full investigation. And perhaps most important, to dismiss anyone's reaction to hateful acts as oversensitive political correct- ness is to be complicit in these acts. I disagree with your characterization that Wellesley was founded as a safe space. Wellesley's founding was a revolutionary act inspired by a vision for democracy and equal opportunity for women across all socioeconomic backgrounds, and for more than 100 years, we have fought for women. At Wellesley, we embrace difference and work to assure that all Wellesley students have an equal opportu- nity to flourish. We stand for equity and justice, for the pursuit of knowledge that is based in fact, and for civil discourse that is inclusive while challenging in its rigor. It is incumbent upon President-elect Donald Trump to clearly and forcefully condemn episodes of bias against groups too numerous to name here. Far from playing it safe, Wellesley's plan is to remain vigilant and redouble our efforts on behalf of women. PAULA JOHNSON President, Wellesley College Wellesley, Mass. What Wellesley Stands For New York Times Letter to the Editor / November 15, 2016 an interview with Dr. Paula A. Johnson 70 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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