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The New York Times titled "What Wellesley Stands For." She called atten- tion to multiple incidents of hostility toward minorities after Trump's election at universities — including at Wellesley College — high schools, and public spaces. She called for then President-elect Trump to "force- fully condemn episodes of bias." In this same letter to the editor, Johnson challenged the newspaper's assessment that Wellesley College was founded as a "safe space." Johnson clarified the school's history, asserting, "Wellesley's founding was a rev- olutionary act inspired by a vision for democracy and equal opportu- nity for women across all socioeconomic backgrounds, and for more than 100 years, we have fought for women…Far from playing it safe, Wellesley's plan is to remain vigilant and redouble our efforts on behalf of women." Johnson recognizes the school's weighty responsibility to help young women get the most out of their college experience in order to realize their potential. "We call it inclusive excellence," explains Johnson. She continues, "Some students come to Wellesley because they want an all- women's school, others because of our reputation as a leading liberal Wellesley College's Motto and Mission Non Ministrari sed Ministrare. "Not to be ministered unto, but to minister." To provide an excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. 72 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 an interview with Dr. Paula A. Johnson

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