Racial Equity Resource Guide


Guides & Workshops



The Winter Institute’s Summer Youth Institute

The Winter Institute

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation
University of Mississippi
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: 662.915.6734


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Since 2010, when a racially diverse group of young people from communities across Mississippi came to Winter Institute and Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute staff with a desire to help their communities, SYI has evolved into a nine-day experiential learning program, emphasizing four cornerstones:

  • Relationship Building 
  • History 
  • Diversity, and 
  • Civic Engagement

At SYI, rising high school sophomores and juniors from Mississippi learn about civil rights, advocacy, critical thinking and relationship building from an international staff.

The program has six primary objectives:

  • Build understanding of concepts and use of tools for relationship building and trust building (listening, dialogue, etc.) in Mississippi’s youth 
  • Increase awareness, understanding and need of myriad types of diversity and interculturalism in a local, state, national and global context 
  • Expand knowledge of and appreciation for Mississippi Civil Rights history and its relationship to movements around the nation and world 
  • Impart the principles of conflict transformation and interdependence and how to apply these principles in real-life situations 
  • Illustrate for students the fundamentals of civic and community engagement 
  • Inculcate in SYI students an enduring anti-racism and racial reconciliation perspective to bring to personal and professional situations throughout their lives


Related Organizations

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation serves the University of Mississippi by fostering reconciliation and civic renewal wherever people suffer as a result of racial discrimination or alienation.


Tagged with: Organization Alliance, Racial Healing, Research For Action, Education, Advocacy & Organizing, Mississippi

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Opening Doors/Forging New Paths – A Oral History project of The Winter Institute

Opening Doors/Forging New Paths is an oral history project about Mississippi's first African American Medical resident and first African American law school graduate.


Tagged with: Racial Healing, Addressing Laws, Policy and Justice, Advocacy & Organizing, Articles, Videos

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We Are the People We Have Been Waiting For: Equipping Communities to Heal Themselves—A Product of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi

This community dialogue handbook includes brief case studies of three communities with which the Winter Institute is involved. These towns have begun to successfully transform their communities and have made steps toward the goal of racial reconciliation.


Tagged with: Racial Healing, Professional Development, Addressing Laws, Policy and Justice, Advocacy & Organizing, Dialogue Guides & Resources, Media and Commuications Guides

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