Steve Wessler is a human rights educator, trainer and advocate. He works with schools, colleges, non-profit organizations, healthcare institutions, law enforcement agencies, work places and communities to prevent bias, harassment, discrimination and violence.

Since 1992 he has presented and facilitated many 100s of workshops, lectures, keynote addresses, and conflict resolution dialogues across the United States and in Canada, Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Steve, an attorney, developed and led the Civil Rights Unit in the Maine Office of the Attorney General from 1992 to 1999. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston University School of Law.

In 1999 he founded the Center for Preventing Hate and was its director for 12 years until it’s closing in fall 2011. He is the author of The Respectful School and a number of articles, reports, book chapters and other publications focusing on hate crimes and prevention. He has received numerous awards for his human rights work. Since 2000 he has taught university courses on hate crimes and bias as well as on school bullying and harassment.

Current Projects

LGBTQ Youth Safety

Assessing through an interview-based study the barriers faced by LGBTQ youth in Maine, followed by working with professional groups and businesses to reduce those barriers.

Homeless Civil Rights

Identifying bias, discrimination and violence directed at homeless people in Portland, Maine and working with community groups
and the City to increase safety for those who are homeless.

Reducing Anti-Immigrant Bias

Facilitating workshops and conflict resolution dialogues with immigrants and American residents.

Healing Health Care

Providing health care professionals with strategies and skills to reduce bias.

Resolving Workplace Conflict and Bias

Assessing the climate and facilitating workshop provide skills to reduce conflict.