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.
The staff and friends of the Winter Institute are deeply saddened by the passing of former First Lady Elise Winter. Many of us knew Mrs. Winter as an encourager and shining example of commitment to community. The Winter Institute benefited in countless ways from her servant’s heart and her steadfast
Congratulations to Yasmine Ware, an alum of the Summer Youth Institute, who was one of 12 winners of the 4th annual New York Times Podcast Contest. Ware, 17, is from Madison, Mississippi, and her submission, “OREOntation,” was selected from a record 1,500 contest entries. You can stream Ware’s podcast and
Watch the replay of the May 20, 2021 webinar with Dr. Scott Stearman, “Infectious Inadequacy: How Our Current Healthcare System Makes Us All Sick.” About the Session Is adequate healthcare a human right? The United Nations’ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate
The Winter Institute supports the Lafayette Community Remembrance Project, which brings a wider awareness of the history of lynching in this area of Mississippi. The Oxford Eagle covered a remembrance event the Institute hosted this month: A group of around 40 people gathered in Banner, Miss., over the weekend to
Leadership in Challenging Times: Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative Interviews Portia Ballard Espy
The Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative interviewed Portia Ballard Espy, our Executive Director, as part of its “Leadership in Challenging Times” blog series. The series highlights the inspiring work of the HBS community in addressing the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, alongside the fight for racial equity and an especially polarized political climate. In
Resources are now available from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 to help children and families who need them the most. See the image for ways to access them during this window of opportunity. (Download PDF) These federal relief funds are projected to lift more than 5 million