William Winter Institute Community Partners

The Welcome Table has partnered with communities and organizations in and around Mississippi and the southern United States, in corners of the U.S., and as far away as Northern Ireland and South Africa.

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland (Youth Link)
  • Biloxi/Gulfport, MS
  • Brownsville, TN
  • Calhoun County, MS
  • Charleston, MS
  • Clarksdale/Coahoma County, MS
  • Delta State University (MS)
  • Greenwood, MS
  • Jackson, MS
  • McComb, MS
  • Moss Point, MS
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Oxford/Lafayette County, MS
  • Philadelphia/Neshoba County, MS
  • Rome, MS
  • Sumner/East Tallahatchie County, MS
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • West Point, MS

What Have Winter Institute Community Partners Done?

William Winter Institute Community Partners

  • Public ceremonies to acknowledge painful racial histories in ways that encourage the community to learn and grow together
  • Oral history projects on the racial history of the community
  • Civil rights driving tours, memorial highways, and historic markers of significant civil rights or African – American history (often done in conjunction with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Freedom Trail that is part of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division)
  • After-school and summer mentoring and tutoring programs for children
  • The creation of a local “Excel by Five” program to support pre-K education of area children
  • Civil and human rights curricula in local schools that include after-school programs and oral history projects. Local student test scores have improved, as have graduation rates
  • The creation of a local integrated community choir to perform at community events
  • Scholarships for local children to enroll in previously unaffordable summer enrichment programs
  • The restoration of a significant civil rights historical landmark, which has also spurred new business in the surrounding area
  • Development of a city/county/university coalition that created affordable housing options and homeowner training
  • Playgrounds in neighborhoods that had none
  • Community gardens
  • A rural youth community center with computer labs, a library, and arts programs
  • The creation of civil rights collections in local libraries
  • Community cleanups and beautification efforts
  • The creation of a coalition of local nonprofits on the MS Gulf Coast that works together to coordinate social justice related programs
  • My Brother’s Keeper programming for mentoring young boys of color
  • Teachers’ summits on how to teach civil rights history and multicultural curriculum development
  • Social events such as ice creams socials and potlucks that make an effort to have large interracial social gatherings

Partnering with Organizations

Museum Partners - William Winter Institute
The Winter Institute works with museums and cultural institutions on community engagement projects.

Increasingly over the past few years, we’ve partnered with other types of “communities,” including businesses, nonprofits, cultural institutions, boards of directors, government agencies, professional associations, educational institutions at every level, faith-based groups, and state legislatures.

They, too, come to the work with a shared desire to have more productive conversations about race and other differences and to learn from each other and from the Institute’s training. We work with each organization to craft a timeline and structure that works for them, building every collaboration on the foundation of our Welcome Table principles of relationship and trust building through facilitated story-sharing, truth-telling and learning experiences, and equity-focused action.

We are available for deep one-time engagements or, preferably, a series of sessions over an extended time period. Many organization opt for a series of six monthly or bimonthly sessions. To speak with us about your organization’s needs, email our director of Community & Capacity Building, April Grayson, using the contact form below.

Email us for more information on the Welcome Table for your group