VBCPS - Charting the Course
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lauren Nolasco
Date: 04/11/16 Phone: 757.263.1234
News Release No. 064 Fax: 757.263.1010
Email: lauren.nolasco@vbschools.com

Caldwell earns Human Rights Award
from Human Rights Commission

Jobynia Caldwell, director of equity affairs for Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS), was named a recipient of the Human Rights Award by the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission (HRC) at the organization’s 22nd Annual Human Rights Awards Program.

Caldwell was one of just seven honorees selected this year. According to the HRC, recipients are selected by commission members based on their efforts to promote cultural diversity, social awareness and human rights in the Virginia Beach community.

“You cannot look at our school division’s equity offerings and not see Jobynia’s fingerprints,” said Dr. Aaron Spence, VBCPS superintendent. “We are so proud of the work she has done here for the division and we’re thankful to the Virginia Beach HRC for honoring her.”

Caldwell is a 41-year veteran of public education. She began her career in VBCPS teaching at Kellam High School. She went into administration in 1993 as an assistant principal at First Colonial High School. Caldwell went on to serve as principal for a host of schools in the division including Corporate Landing Middle School, Salem High School and Tallwood High School. Caldwell spent four years as the assistant superintendent of high school education before being named director of equity affairs. She has been in this role for the past three years.

As the director of equity affairs, Caldwell has overseen the division’s work to provide programming, training and resources for staff and students to help embrace diversity within the division.

Since 1993, the Human Rights Commission (HRC) has presented the Human Rights Awards annually to honor individuals and groups who have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people with differences in age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religious affiliations and sexual orientation.


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