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Athena is an association supporting the interests of faculty and professional women at the University of Idaho. Athena was established at the University of Idaho in 1987. Joan West, Professor in Foreign Languages, was Athena’s first President.

Provide a means for professional women to become acquainted with each other and to share mutual interests, activities and concerns, particularly as they relate to academic/administrative responsibilities.

Provide a structure by which professional women, as a group, can consider issues and make recommendations to bodies such as the University Administration, the Faculty Council and its committees, and the Women’s Center.

Further the growth and effectiveness of university women through professional programs.

Support the educational efforts of women through stipends and/or scholarships.