Frequently Asked Questions about Communities of Practice
A few key things. First, communities of practice are not credit-bearing — which mean they're not graded. They're a safe and brave space for you to practice getting better at something, alongside others who share that interest. At Athena, that's changemaking.
Second, communities of practice are a space — which means that the work you do in them is self-directed, though you’ll receive plenty of guidance from our expert facilitators. Think of it as being handed a few ingredients rather than a recipe. What will you add? What will you make?
Each community of practice has its own application process. Click on the links above to learn more.
Yes, yes, and yes! Just be sure to read about the expectations for each one.
A commitment. Athena Fellows commit every Friday for a semester, members of the Athena Summer Institutes (the Williams Program for Women in Politics, the Athena Advocacy Institute) commit 10 weeks of their summer to their internship or startup, alongside weekly gatherings with each other.
An openness to collaboration. The change we need won’t come from a single approach or a single person, but at Athena, we don’t force you to do group projects. We do create the conditions for collaborations to emerge and flourish.