Khristi Lauren Adams

Khristi Lauren Adams, MDiv ‘08, is an author, speaker, and Black girlhood advocate. She serves as Dean of Spiritual Life & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Hill School and is an instructor of Religious Studies.

Khristi is the author of Parable of the Brown GirlUnbossed: How Black Girls Are Leading the Way and its middle grade version Black Girls Unbossed: Young World Changers Leading the Way. Parable of the Brown Girl has received awards for Best Young Adult Book from The African American Literary Awards and the New York Black Librarians Caucus. Parable was also featured in Essence, Vogue and the Root magazines among featured books by Black authors to buy. Unbossed was a 2023 runner up for the Los Angeles Book Festival and a 2023 finalist for the International Book Awards in the Social Change category. Black Girls Unbossed was a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year award in the Juvenile Nonfiction category.  Khristi’s next book, Womanish Theology: Discovering God Through the Lens of Black Girlhood is set to be released in August of 2024 with Brazos Press.

A graduate of Temple University and Princeton Theological Seminary, Khristi is the former founder and director of the Becoming Conference, designed to empower, educate, and inspire Black girls between the ages of 12-16.  She currently sits on the Board of Advisors for Leadership LINKS, Inc, a leadership education organization that equips Black girls to become changemakers. She is a 2017 graduate of “Lead New Jersey”, a select group of thought-leaders from the public, social, and private sectors of NJ and the surrounding communities. She also currently serves as a mentor for The Garden Initiative for Black Women’s Religious Activism, a nine-month peer-to-peer and intergenerational mentorship program for black women leaders across religious traditions in the United States. Her mission is lived out through the words of Ntozake Shange who once said, “I write for young girls of color, for girls who don’t even exist yet, so that there is something there for them when they arrive. I can only change how they live, not how they think.” 

2024 Alumni Council Service Awardee
Luncheon and Award Presentation
Tuesday, May 14, 12:15 p.m.
Mackay Campus Center Dining Hall