Athena Center Interns


Safiya Noel is a senior from Queens, NY. She is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Africana Studies. Throughout the school year, she serves as President of Columbia University’s Belly Dance Troupe and is an active member in Barnard’s Black Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS). She is interested in joining Columbia’s Peer Health Exchange and will be taking Athena’s HTML/CSS coding course in the fall. In her free time, Safiya loves dancing and watching movies.
Natasha Cox ( is looking forward to serving alongside Claire Walter as President of Athena's Student Advisory Board! A Political Science major who is passionate about fighting for social justice, particularly as it relates to women's rights, Natasha uses her extracurricular involvement as an opportunity to better the community and world at large. From curating discourse and debate as an editor at Columbia Spectator to serving on the board of three women's empowerment organizations, Natasha has used her time on campus to shed light on important conversations and carve out spaces for students to come together over shared interests.  With graduation right around the corner, she endeavors to leave her mark on the community through active engagement and an effort to create an even more inclusive, diverse, and accessible student life experience for Barnard students. In her free time, when Natasha is not out exploring the city or dining with friends, she is most likely curled up for a midday nap. 
Demme Durrett is thrilled to spend her final year at Barnard as part of the Student Advisory Board.  She is a senior at Barnard majoring in American Studies and Human Rights with a double minor in Art History and Political Science. As an active member of the McIntosh Activities Committee, Alpha Chi Omega, Meet Me at the Museum, and SGA’s Committee on Arts and Culture, Demme feels most at home when serving cookies to her fellow students as part of an on-campus event.  Additionally, she is the Senior Fund CO-Chair, a Senior Interviewer, and serves as a representative for the class of 2019.  Demme also leads an active life off campus as the founder of a nonprofit focused on universal human rights education, Youth for Human Rights – USA. In her free time, Demme loves checking out the latest brunch spots around the city. As the 2017-2018 President of SAB and an intern at the Athena Center, Demme loves all things Athena and could not be more grateful for the support, opportunity, and community Athena provides. 
Bianca Rico is a senior majoring in Art History and Visual Arts. She spends most of her time writing and producing independent video and art projects. She plans to work at the intersection between fine art and film production. Interning with the Athena Film Festival has exposed her to the joys of festival programming, sustaining her fascination with the film industry and introducing her to the work of dozens of brillant female filmmakers. In her free time, Bianca binge- watches mockumentaries and devours countercultural records from the 1960s.
Emily Young is a Junior double-majoring in Dance and American Studies. On campus, she enjoys collaborating with her peers in the dance community. She choreographs contemporary dance works for CoLab Performing Arts Collective, and performs with Barnard/Columbia Dances at Miller Theater and New York Live Arts. She looks forward to continuing her work with the Athena Film Festival and beyond, curating socially resonant artistic initiatives. In her free time, Emily loves to listen to live music and check out new art exhibits around the city.