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Steve Hoeschele

Steve standing in a breezeway with arms folded

Steve Hoeschele

Program Coordinator
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As the Center's program coordinator, Steve is responsible for communications, events, supervising student workers, and supporting students and faculty via a wide range of programs. He co-facilitates the Center's Human Rights Careers Intensive with Penelope Van Tuyl and enjoys advising students on career path options and coaching them through job/internship applications. He also curated a 2020 workshop on Slavery in Historical and Contemporary Contexts through Stanford's Center for Professional Development.

Steve is a former political and labor organizer who turned to the human rights field in recent years. He studied Social Thought & Political Economy at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he also earned a certificate in African Studies and taught an undergraduate course on contemporary slavery. After a decade in political campaigns and advocacy, he rededicated himself to human rights work, starting by working/volunteering for anti-trafficking organizations in Ghana and Australia. He also earned a masters degree in Slavery & Liberation from the University of Nottingham, writing his thesis on the power dynamics between programmatic anti-slavery NGOs and international funders.

Outside the professional realm, Steve spends a good amount of time backpacking, cycling, and attending concerts.