About Yesterday’s Campus Incident

November 10, 2016

Dear students,

I know the mood on campus right now is one of anxiety and concern. I hear you. I share your concerns. This community’s well-being—and all that word encompasses—is foremost on my mind right now. Let me assure you of that.

Here’s what I can tell you. I’ve asked Chief Barbin to update me regularly as she continues to collect the facts, and I have full confidence in her and in the investigation. It is critically important that anyone with information contact Chief Barbin immediately at 781-283-2125 or lbarbin@wellesley.edu

President Kerry Healey of Babson has reached out to me directly to offer her apology for the pain and disruption this incident has caused, and she is committed to working with Wellesley to build a more complete picture of the incident. Please know that we will update you as the investigation continues.

During this time, I know we will all hold true to the values that not only give us our strength as a College but that make us a community respected by our peers and beloved by our friends and alumnae. We stand for a path forward for everyone, no matter your race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic background, country of origin, immigration status, or political affiliation. We stand for the pursuit of knowledge that is based in fact. We must expand our ability to have civil discourse that opens our minds and our hearts.

Wellesley is a place where we uphold justice and equity. This is a place where you are valued and celebrated.

I am with you, your deans are with you, your professors are with you, and the administration is with you.

At Wellesley, we take care of one another. 

President Paula Johnson