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A New Athena For A New Decade

February 5, 2020 — For nearly two years, we have been in conversation with Barnard students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and members of our amazing community beyond the gates, about what Athena’s next chapter could look like. 

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to the new Athena: a home for Barnard students who see opportunities amidst the many vexing challenges we face, and seize them to build a better world — because these are the leaders we need now.

Learn more about who we are here and find answers to FAQs here.

2020 Athena Film Festival Lineup Announced

The lineup for the 10th anniversary Athena Film Festival is now live! Our programming team has been hard at work all year pulling together an impressive lineup of powerful films that celebrate fierce and fearless women leaders.The lineup is now live and the schedule is available to browse at 

Student Spotlights

Elizabeth Bier

"I love how Athena seeks to train women to be leaders in an ever-changing world. It aims to strengthen an individual’s talents and history while teaching how to use proven achievement strategies. I love meeting all of the other accomplished and empowered women, whether through Athena mixers or in the workshops."

Elizabeth Bier '21, Neuroscience and Behavior with a cellular and molecular concentration 


"I love that Athena provides connections and allows you to meet leaders from all types of industries. The events and leadership labs are the perfect examples of this." 

Maleni Palacios-Delgado '20, Economics


"I had the opportunity to receive the Williams Fellowship this year, and am so grateful to Athena for providing me the support I needed to take my dream internship on Capitol Hill!"

Sophia Houdaigui '21, History with a concentration in the United States and Middle East