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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.

The Winter Institute Blog

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

Conversation About Community 2020

Panel Discussion: “The Power of Youth Voices” on October 28

Given the importance of youth engagement to the Winter Institute’s work, our Youth Engagement Manager Von Gordon is the perfect moderator to this panel for Operation Shoestring’s virtual version of their annual Conversation About Community. Watch live on Facebook! The Power of Youth Voices October 28, 12pm More than half

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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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