WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2018

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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To enhance college accessibility even fur- ther, Wellesley College recently introduced "MyinTuition," an online app developed by a Wellesley College economics professor to help applicants understand financial aid eligibility. "This tool, available on our website, empow- ers high school students with the data they need to know upfront if our school is in reach for them. It takes away assumptions that state schools are always more affordable options," explains Johnson. Accessibility is also a theme for Johnson as it relates to town residents feeling welcome on campus. "I consider the town and the college to be porous communities," explains Johnson. She and Wellesley's Chief of Police, Jack Pilecki, met for breakfast at Captain Marden's to discuss ways to collaborate and are follow- ing up on ideas discussed, such as joint train- ing for police officers from the college and the town. With a full agenda in her first year as president of the college, Johnson admits that she hasn't had as much time as she would have liked to explore the town, even though downtown Wellesley is just steps off Wellesley College's campus. But, she values living on the beautiful college grounds in the splendid President's House, complete with a view of Lake Waban, around which you are more likely to catch her and her daughter walking their two Havanese dogs — Buddy and Hope — than to catch her eating breakfast at Captain Marden's. Economics is the most popular major at Wellesley College, belying the underrepresentation of collegiate women studying economics. Johnson considers the absence of role models as a likely reason for the national reality and the fact that more than 50 percent of the Wellesley College faculty is women as a contributing factor for Wellesley bucking the trend. 77 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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