Robert Upshaw recently accepted the appointment as the Vice-Principal at the Cole Harbour High School, Dartmouth, NS. Prior to this appointment, he held the position as Vice-Principal at the Caledonia Junior High School for 1 year and one year as the Physical Education Teacher.
Robert Upshaw was the first Director of the African Canadian Services Division (ACSD) of the Department of Education and Culture for the Province of Nova Scotia and has served a three-year appointment in that position.
Robert has a B.A. in Recreation and Physical Education, as well as a B.E.D in secondary social studies, both from Acadia University. He also holds a Masters Degree in Education Administration from St. Mary's University.
During his years at Acadia, Robert received the Gib Chapman Award for sportsmanship and leadership and was a member of the 1976-77 CIAU National Men's Basketball Team.
Robert's work history has varied. He has held positions in the field of recreation and was a disc jockey at 950 CHER, a Physical Education and Social Studies teacher, an administrator and a consultant.
He taught for the Halifax County-Bedford District School Board for eight years as a classroom teacher and spent a two-year term as the Executive Director of the Black Educators Association. As an African Nova Scotian, his whole life has been an educational experience in the areas of cross-cultural understanding and race relations.
Robert served 4 years as the Executive Director of the Black Learners Advisory Committee (BLAC). In his position as Executive Director of BLAC, Robert was involved in various projects aimed at changing racial inequality. Included in his many responsibilities was overseeing the development of the BLAC Report on Education, readdressing inequality, empowering BLACK Learners, as well as present to the government a comprehensive approach for changes in education.
During the nineties, Robert also provided services as a Race Relations Consultant in the areas of Diversity Management, Employment Equity and Building Partnerships, Exploring Race Relations in the Workplace. He has addressed organizational reviews around affirmative action, equity employment and harassment in the workplace, as well as writing policies and developed training-the-trainer programs, sensitivity and awareness training for Senior Management, Managers and Supervisors and Employees.
Among his other accomplishments, Robert was featured in the National Film Board of Canada's Film - Speak It! from the Heart of Black Nova Scotia directed by Sylvia Hamilton and has written many articles on racism and education for various publications. As a facilitator and speaker, Robert has conducted several workshops and seminars.
Robert has been a lifelong contributor to young people and education. He was honored by the Province of Nova Scotia for his work in Human Rights Education. In July of 1997, he had the distinguished honor of representing Canada, as part of the Canadian Delegation at the 13th Conference of Ministers of Education of the Commonwealth, on Education and Technology, held in Botswana, Africa.