Who We Are
In the spirit of our namesake, Governor William Winter, the William Winter Institute offers programming designed to foster community communications, engage youth leaders and promote civic dialogue on the key issues facing Mississippi and the nation.
The Welcome TableTM process helps communities build the relationships necessary to heal systemic challenges, solve civic problems and to bridge long-standing divides.
“Wherever I’ve gone, irrespective of racial or cultural differences, I’ve found that people agree on several basic propositions: everybody wants a decent education for their children; everybody wants a fair chance to secure a job that will sustain them and their family; everybody wants to be able to live in a decent house on a safe street; everybody wants access to adequate health care; and everybody wants to be treated with dignity and respect.”
- Governor William Winter
The Winter Institute in Photos
Take a look at some images of past Welcome TableTM, Summer Youth Institutes and civil engagement events.
An ongoing project to chronicle the extraordinary efforts of local people who organized to combat Mississippi’s Jim Crow segregation, as well as the complex network of white resistance trying to maintain it.
The Winter Institute Blog
News and reports from the William Winter Institute and our program participants.
Education is an integral part of the Winter Institute’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book give away recommending books we’re reading and reflecting on. This month’s book is “How the Word is Passed” by award-winning
Watch the replay of the November 18, 2021 webinar featuring Dr. John F. Marszalek III. About the Session Dr. John Marszalek III discusses what he learned from his interviews of same-sex couples living in small towns and rural areas of Mississippi, which are included in his book, Coming
Webinar Replay: Rashida H. Govan, Invisible Woman – Black women and girls and their fight against social inequities
Watch the replay of the November 4 , 2021 webinar featuring Rashida H. Govan. About the Session We join Rashida H. Govan in a discussion focused on the unique experiences of Black women and girls in America and how participants can help gain awareness and provide support. This discussion considers
History, sociology, psychology, and memoir are all disciplines that can bring greater understanding and perspective to how people live their lives, form communities, and create relationships. Mississippi-native Dr. John F. Marszalek III brings all of these disciplines together in his book Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same Sex Couples in
Education is an integral part of the Winter Institute’s mission. What better way to educate ourselves than via a good read? With that in mind, we launched a monthly book give away recommending books we’re reading and reflecting on. This month’s book is “Coming Out of the Magnolia Closet: Same-Sex
Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man shook the nation with its poignant narrative on the experiences of Black Americans during the early 50s. His book catalyzed the civil rights movement, and brought the injustices experienced by Black Americans to the forefront of the nation’s consciousness. However, the experiences of Black women and girls continue