• The Welcome Table

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.

Community Building

The Welcome TableTM process helps communities build the relationships necessary to heal systemic challenges, solve civic problems and to bridge long-standing divides.

Youth Engagement

The Summer Youth Institute is a nine-day experiential program for youth to discover the value of diversity and build both leadership and advocacy skills; Summer Youth Institute 2.0 is a reconvening of SYI alumni to maintain their network and strengthen the SYI curriculum.

Policy and Civic Engagement

Rethink MississippiTM is a policy and civic engagement platform for focusing leaders and their constituents on the need for a future based on equity.

Governor William Winter - William Winter Institute

“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.

Mississippi Civil Rights Project logo

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.

Recap: 2020 Day of Racial Healing

2020 Day of Racial Healing - William Winter Institute - April Grayson
Day of Racial Healing - Education in Healing Panel - William Winter Institute

On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, the William Winter Institute presented an afternoon and evening of Mississippi programming for the National Day of Racial Healing 2020. 

Visit our Facebook page below to see the Facebook Live recordings from the event.

The Winter Institute Blog

News and reports from the William Winter Institute and our program participants.

Caste Book Giveaway

Introducing the Winter Institute Monthly Book Giveaway!

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’re launching a monthly book give away recommending books we’re reading and reflecting on. This month’s book is “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” by

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National Voter Registration Day 2020

In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we share these thoughts on civic responsibility written by Governor Winter in 2003. They feel as relevant as ever.  “The most important office is that of citizen. It is the office that transmits all political authority. Only through the collective judgement of private

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William Winter Institute Statement on the Mississippi State Flag

Symbols, when done right, instill pride and unity. They represent the shared ideals and values that bind together members of a society. When done wrong, symbols instill division and degradation. They demarcate status and belonging among members of a society. By featuring the battle flag of the Confederacy, Mississippi’s state

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Von Gordon - Community Foundation for Mississippi video - William Winter Institute

Von Gordon: ‘Creating Courageous Spaces’

We’re very proud of our very own Von Gordon, youth engagement manager for the William Winter Institute and a determined community leader in the state of Mississippi. As a former vice president of the Operation Shoestring board and a founding board member of Refill Cafe, Von is committed to reaching

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