Athena Center for Leadership

Welcome to the Athena Center for Leadership!

At the Athena Center for Leadership, we dream of a better future and we build it, in community, by taking on the intractable challenges of the present.

Learn more about how we work and what we offer



We're Hiring!

The Athena Center is now hiring for a Director of Applied Learning and Entrepreneurship to lead our communities of practice.


ThirdSpace@ is a two part virtual co-curricular program that brings together members of the Barnard community who long to make change. Through SPARK (part 1 of ThirdSpace@), we welcome all Barnard community members to become ignited by ideas - visit to hear from visionaries and changemakers who are sharing their ideas and resources about how to take action.

In BUILD circles running from October to April (part 2 of ThirdSpace@), Barnard students will hone the skills to make change where they are, growing, healing, and building, supported by the people around them. 

Learn more about ThirdSpace@.

Keep an eye on our SPARK website throughout the year, as we will continue to add resources and videas.

Student Spotlights


“My favorite Athena program is the Athena Challenges. I participated in the design challenge that focused on hunger and food insecurity within college campuses, presenting a solution that my team and I came up with for on-campus hunger in two days to food experts including Chef Tom Colicchio.”

Dipashreya Sur '23, Architecture

Lea Herzfeld

“The Athena Center empowered me to stand up for myself: whether in an interview, on the job, or in my daily interactions, the Athena Center has empowered me to feel capable, intelligent, and deserving of success.” 

Lea Herzfeld '22, Economics 

Peyton Yen

“The Athena Center has empowered me to take on challenges. To ask for opportunities/platforms to better myself, help the community, and to be candid about vulnerabilities in personal experiences.”

Peyton Yen '21, Economics