The Welcome Table


The Welcome Table

The Welcome Table creates a safe space for diverse community stakeholders to form healthy relationships via open, honest communication. Now in 18 communities in Mississippi and beyond–including a groundbreaking partnership with New Orleans, after being invited by Mayor Mitch Landrieu–the Welcome Table is the Winter Institute’s signature Community Building program. It has attracted international attention and partnerships as far away as Northern Ireland and South Africa.

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The Welcome Table assists partner communities to:

  • Understand the importance of listening, storytelling and relationship-building as prerequisites to producing real and measurable change
  • Understand the consequences of the systems we have inherited, in order to develop, together, community-specific initiatives to redress inequities
  • Become equipped with the communications tools to accomplish the goals stakeholders identify together to improve their communities
  • Share the process with members of their own community and other communities

An Introduction

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What Makes the Welcome Table Unique?

Many terrific organizations focus on systemic change without including relationship and trust building. As a result, their accomplishments often aren’t sustainable because community leaders refuse to continue working with those whom they do not trust.

Others focus on relationship building, but do not carry their successes into work for social justice and toward increasing the understanding of structural racism.

Relationship building and work for positive social change are the hallmarks of the Welcome Table, which bridges the divide between racial equity and racial healing.