Announcing the Results of the Stronger Democracy Award: Meet the Awardees!
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Pamela Boveland

Professor of Sociology & Social Statistics, University of Houston-Downtown

From scholar to technical writer, to social worker, to graphic designer to researcher to activist, Dr. Pamela Jae Boveland exemplifies strength and honor as a true woman of integrity and has led a life of service to her community.

A native Houstonian, she is a proud graduate of Jack Yates Senior High School and furthered her educational pursuits a Ph.D. in Clinical Research from the University of Houston Graduate School of Social Work. In addition, she currently teaches Social Equality, Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Houston -Downtown.

Dr. PJae, as she is affectionately called, began her 30-year career with Harris County Juvenile Probation Department as a Juvenile Probation Officer culminating as the Systems Director of research and technology.

After her retirement, Dr, PJae has become an assiduous advocate for the children of Houston tirelessly addressing numerous issues on their behalf monthly before the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees monthly. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) focusing on eliminating voter suppression and discriminatory redistricting maps. Her activism extends to the Jack Yates National Alumni Association where she works to preserve the legacy of the school and helping the students as a member of the Executive Committee.

She further steps in to lend a helping hand and her organizational expertise in countless community endeavors. Dr PJae is that “friend indeed.” She believes the key to unlocking the future of decision-making lies in the ethical and effective use of research and technology.