Deidre Olivia Howard was born in
Mississippi, February 28, 1986. She later moved
to Tulsa Oklahoma.
Like most children she wanted to be everything
when she grew up. Inquisitive by nature, as she
got older, she grew fond of attorneys. At the
age of 14, Deidre became a prosecuting attorney
and later a presiding judge for Tulsa Youth
Court, a program where first time juvenile
offenders are trialed by their peers.
The extent of Deidre's involvement did not stop
there. She went on to be an Executive member of
the National Honors Society, a Producer and
Director for the school television show, a
Student Council Representative and the President
of the African American Society, planning
hallmark events like the Multicultural Show,
that were never seen my the City of Tulsa.
Outside of the classroom, Deidre volunteered in
nursing homes, minimum security women's prisons,
and at risk urban schools' after school
programs. She understood the early on the power
of prayer and mandate that God had on her life.
Her investment to the church is her most prized
experiences. She was a member of the choir, the
praise team, and a leader in her youth group:
As a child, she was taught the importance of
purpose and servitude. Both of which have
carried her from her childhood to the State of
Iowa. Deidre set forth her journey in the great
State of Iowa 4 years ago, when she began her
studies at Drake University.
Since arriving, Deidre as been empowered by the
many people and the numerous organizations that
have planted seeds into her life. Those
contributions have inspired her to do the same
From large local events to small meetings,
Deidre enjoys exploring a variety of service
initiatives. She is one of the founders of the
Back to School Bash, an event that recently
became an organization that fosters the
educational development of youth. For the last
eight months, she has been a coach for East High
School Girls Basketball.
At Drake, Deidre was a member of the Student
Senate for 4 consecutive years, an executive
member of the Coalition of Black Students for 4
consecutive years, a Student Ambassador,
Residence Assistant, Judicial Board Member,
Delta Theta Phi Pre-Law Fraternity member,
Diversity Committee Member, Top Freshman, Top
Sophomore, Top Junior, and Top Senior.
Deidre is no stranger to pageantry. Her past
titles include: Miss Iowa Juneteenth 2006, Miss
Black Iowa USA 2007 1st Runner-Up, 2004 Miss
American Miss Teen Spokesmodel of Oklahoma, 2004
Miss American Miss Teen of Oklahoma 4th
Runner-Up, 2004 National All-American Miss
Teen-Top 10, and 2004 National Miss American
Miss Teen Spokesmodel- 2nd Runner-Up.
During her reign as Miss Black Iowa, Deidre
commits herself and the State of Iowa to her
platform entitled, P.A.T.H.S.; Preparing
Adolescents to Harness Success. She will work
with the State, organizations, and educational
institutions collaboratively to develop
programming for this platform.
Currently, Deidre is working on developing "Team
Iowa" for Dr. Ian Smith's 50 Million Pound
Challenge. The Des Moines Metro is populated by
over 550,000 people and she wants every single
person counted to develop and/or maintain
healthy eating habits for life. The 50 Million
Pound Challenge will help the state achieve this
One of her personal goals is you get more
involved with her church. Her ultimate goal is
to become a practicing attorney and easing her
way into the political realm.
Deidre says she has a desire to serve her
community in any way possible. Mahatma Gandhi
once said, "Be the change that you wish to see
in the world." Her ambition and integrity make
her more than ready to take on the task.