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Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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life after college, Johnson believes it is a perfect foundation. "A liberal arts education prepares students for the complex world in which we live. It develops the critical thinking required to solve the grand challenges of our times." Fostering interdisciplinary education and col- laboration are trademarks of Johnson's pio- neering accomplishments in the field of health, so she clearly understands the benefits of an interdisciplinary education in preparing women to work successfully across complex issues and systems. Another priority near and dear to Johnson's heart is promoting health and wellness, an area in which Johnson feels that Wellesley's innovation and leadership are much needed. "We are working to expand our focus on health and wellness, actively cultivating re- silience, resolve, and emotional balance in our students to fulfill their potential," ex- plains Johnson, who is a board member of the newly formed Mary Christie Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to impact policy focused on the health and wellness of stu- dents globally. She is a former Board mem- ber of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, an organization committed to wom- en's empowerment. While not a new initiative, Johnson is also fully committed to the college's longstanding need-blind admissions policy that delivers on the school's core value of accessibility for students based on achievement, not on their families' ability to pay. She proudly points to 75 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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