A New Athena For A New Decade
In October 2019, we celebrated a decade of impact with close friends and supporters and in February 2020, following nearly two years of conversations with Barnard students, faculty, staff, alumnae, and members of our amazing community beyond the gates, about what Athena’s next chapter could look like, we introduced the new Athena.
Today, Athena is a home for Barnard students who see opportunities amid challenges and seize them to build a better world, together — because these are the leaders we need now.
Learn more about our approach and our programs here and find answers to FAQs below.
If you only have a few hours:
- Attend a low-stress, high-impact skill-building workshop. This fall, we’ll help you learn power mapping, practice deep listening and collaborating, and get others on board with your vision and your ideas. And, as always, we’ll help you develop financial fluency. Register for our fall 2020 offerings here.
If you’re looking for something a little more immersive:
- Apply to take part in ThirdSpace@ - a two-part program. Part 1 is SPARK, a virtual experience introducing you to the work of changemakers. No commitment necessary! Part 2 is BUILD, monthly action circles.
- In the spring, apply to take part in one of our fellowships, which offer you the opportunity to learn directly from people solving complex problems through policy and public service.
- Join us for the 11th annual Athena Film Festival, scheduled for March 2021.
We’re no longer enrolling students in the Scholars Program, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get the Athena experience! In fact, it’s our hope that going forward, it’ll be easier than ever to do that.
Interested in really immersing yourself in a social action and social impact project? Here, you’ll find the space and support you need to figure out what you want to tackle as well as how you want to tackle it. This academic year, 2020-2021, the way to do that is through ThirdSpace@. Click here to learn more.
Whichever offerings you choose (and you're welcome to choose them all!), what you do here will complement the incredible education you’re receiving in the classroom, and you’ll graduate feeling experienced and prepared to lead, because you’ll have already done so. The experiential learning opportunities we offer are rich and meaningful; from them, you’ll build your confidence and you’ll build resilience — and develop valuable, concrete skills. You’ll find community here and the support you need to share your work with a wide range of audiences. The portfolio items you create here are sure to help you during interviews and in your professional life.
We’re proud of our amazing network and always looking to grow it. See ways you can work with us here — and if you’re an alumna, be sure to let us know that!