Lucy Diggs Slowe

Lucy Diggs Slowe Brief Biography

Lucy Diggs Slowe (July 4, 1885 – October 21, 1937) was the first black women to serve as Dean of Women at any American University and the first Dean of Women at Howard University. She was one of the original sixteen founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first sorority founded by African-American women. She was one of the nine original founders of the sorority in 1908 at Howard University.

In 1922, Slowe was appointed the first Dean of Women at Howard University. She continued in that role at Howard for 15 years until her death. In addition, Slowe created and led two professional associations to support college administrators.

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