2019 Tillman Scholar

Kristi Dawn Riggs

Military Spouse
Georgetown University
M.A., Communication, Culture & Technology

“Pursuing a passion is akin to navigating by the stars in the darkest nights, illuminating paths unknown and unexpected, overcoming fears to answer the call to a greater purpose.”

A doctoral candidate at Georgetown University in the Doctorate of Liberal Studies Program, Kristi exemplifies how passion and confidence drive transformative progress. Coming from a background that esteemed hard work above formal education, Kristi’s journey through adversity imbued her with patience, resilience, and the resolve to seek growth through learning. Her commitment to overcoming educational barriers propelled her academic success. 

With a B.A. in Digital Technologies from The Academy of Art University and an M.A. in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University—where she earned recognition for advocacy work—she profoundly impacted young single mothers and collaborated closely with Child Protective Services. Her work also notably advanced policy changes for homeless youth mothers in Washington, D.C. 

As a doctoral candidate, her research now centers on Syrian youth single mothers in Jordanian refugee camps, reflecting her lifelong commitment to serving and empowering single mothers worldwide. Kristi Riggs stands out as a dedicated advocate and scholar whose efforts illuminate the challenges faced by marginalized communities, driving meaningful change through her academic and professional pursuits.