Winter Institute Summer Youth Program Inspires High School Students to Lead Communities

OXFORD, Miss. – Twenty-eight Mississippi high school students are preparing to make a positive impact in communities across the state, thanks to an innovative leadership program sponsored by the University of Mississippi’s William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.

Rising sophomores and juniors were chosen from a pool of 150 applicants to attend the third annual Summer Youth Institute, which began Sunday (June 10) and runs through June 24.

“For many students, it’s a life-changing two weeks,” said Elliot Long, project coordinator. “I’m looking forward to bringing together another group of students, learning about their passions and helping them make a difference in their communities.”Read the story …

Graduating Senior Discovers Best Educational Option is Close to Home

Caleb Herod

OXFORD, Miss. – Although Caleb Herod looked at schools as far away as Missouri and Iowa, he eventually decided to stay close to home at the University of Mississippi. And after a college career that has included two Washington internships and dozens of hours of volunteer service, the Abbeville native would make that same decision again, he said.

Herod, a student in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, is among 3,363 candidates for degrees who graduate Saturday (May 12). He graduates with a degree in public policy leadership and a minor in mathematics.

“When I was thinking about colleges to go to, Ole Miss wasn’t on my radar, but as I started doing campus visits, Ole Miss started to stand out because everyone I met with sold me on the fact that Ole Miss could provide me with the same opportunities I would get anywhere else, plus I would have the Lott Institute and the Honors College,” he said.Read the story …

“Opening the Closed Society” Calendar of Events

Fall 2012


The University of Mississippi Gospel Choir and from Community Choirs will capture in song the feel of the times surrounding the 1962 integration of The University of Mississippi.

Time & Location:  TBD

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Morning Event

The Black Student Union will present a marker to The University of Mississippi permanently marking the classroom where James Meredith’s first class was held.


Student leaders, faculty and staff will follow a processional led by James Meredith from Baxter

Hall to the Civil Rights Monument located between the Lyceum and the Library


Harry Belafonte will present the Keynote Address for “Opening the Closed Society”.

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Winter Institute Gets $3 Million Grant from Kellogg Foundation

OXFORD, Miss. – The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi plans to use a $3.1 million grant to spur civil equity and community engagement and continue to build communities both locally and globally.

Part of the new three-year award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation will help develop curricula and directly educate youth, groups and individuals in increasingly disparate locations. The Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.Read the story …