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Kamal Sinclair is making the world more beautiful as the Executive System Co-Leader of the Guild of Future Architects. At its core, future architecture is a values-based, collaborative approach to actualizing systemic change. Join us on January 26th from 6:00-7:00pm EST for a conversation with Kamal on how we can get to work building the world we want to live in. We will discuss the art and practice of future architecture and the potential for transformational impact to advance justice, inclusion and shared prosperity.
On Thursday, January 27th, join us on Zoom as we kick off the first Athena Entrepreneurs meetup of the semester. Connect with Athena’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Deepti Sharma and other entrepreneurially-minded students! These meetups, open to aspiring and emerging women and nonbinary entrepreneurs from Barnard and Columbia, are a forum for collaboration, peer support, and mentorship from experts, including Athena’s Entrepreneur-In-Residence. Guest experts regularly drop in to share wisdom and insights, sticking around for one-on-one conversations with student entrepreneurs. Learn more about Athena Entrepreneurs here.
An urgent and fractious national debate over public monuments has erupted in America. Some people risk imprisonment to tear down long-ignored hunks of marble; others form armed patrols to defend them. Why do we care so much about statues? And who gets to decide which ones should stay up and which should come down? Join us on February 9th from 6:00-7:00pm EST for a conversation with Barnard alumna Erin Thompson, the country’s leading expert in the tangled aesthetic, legal, political, and social issues involved in such battles to discuss all that protesting statues entails and to discuss her book, Smashing Statues.
We are thrilled to announce the inaugural cohort of Athena Fellows! Eleven Barnard students from diverse majors and class years have been selected to participate in the program, which takes place from September 17 to December 17.
Our Fall 2021 Fellows are exploring a wide array of interests, ranging from reducing pollution in space and adopting telemedicine in underserved communities to increasing access to justice through transparency in pricing and improving the patient experience through UX design.
We are back! After nearly two years of isolation, the Athena Film Festival is returning to the Barnard Campus for three days of shorts, features, and documentary films as well as panel conversations and filmmaker Q&As. A virtual program will also be available March 11 - 20, 2022 for ticket and passholders across the country. Click above to snag your festival pass today or navigate over to our Calendar of Events to check our Athena Film Festival Student Series events.
In summer 2021, nearly 100 high school women participated in our Pre-College Leadership in Action series. Over the course of four weeks, students worked in groups to investigate and explore social challenges and build creative, collaborative approaches to solving them. With support from Barnard's Zine Library team, students developed zines to share what they learned. Check them out! They cover topics including reproductive freedom, incarceration, body image, disparities in education, and more!
We are so proud to continue our partnership with Athena Scholar, Claudia Polgar '19, as she represents Barnard in her cohort at the Columbia Startup Lab. As Founder of CheckPoint Health, she is truly doing great things and we are so happy to be a part of that. Check out a day in the life with Claudia at the Lab on Athena's instagram, and be sure to follow CheckPoint Health as well!
Held June 17-19, 2021, in partnership with BEnet, the Barnard Startup Summit was a virtual opportunity for students and recent alums to work with a successful group of Barnard alumnae entrepreneurs to develop their for-profit business ideas. Participants received a rapid introduction to the ins and outs of building a successful business. Click here to read about Christina Graham ’23’s experience.
“I have developed numerous coding, communication, and organizational skills, and most importantly, grown my confidence in my abilities since joining ADDA. I believe possessing that confidence is imperative for women, especially women of color, to succeed in the workforce today.” -- Elise St Amant '23, Neuroscience and Behavior