ACCEPT, RESPECT, and APPRECIATE our differences.

The Township of Derry is committed to advancing equity and inclusion for all residents and visitors. The Township supports fairness and anti-discrimination, and values the differences and diversity within our community. The Township fosters a social climate which makes all residents and visitors feel welcomed.

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion – Resolution 1510, Adopted April 25, 2017

Hershey All Things Diversity Events

The Township of Derry is pleased to invite the community to the Hershey Area All Things Diversity Sessions for 2018-2019. The educational sessions are organized by the Township, Downtown Hershey Association, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Company,  Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, and The Derry Township School District.

All of the sessions will be held on the main level of The Hershey Story located at 63 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey.  A light supper and dessert will be provided to attendees. The sessions are free but seating is limited and advance registration is required.

2018-19 Series

Empowering Women and Girls
September 12, 2018, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

First Session of Hershey All Things Diversity Series Empowers Women and Girls

“Be Empowered by Those Who Have Been Empowered.”

Hershey All Things Diversity opened the 2018-2019 series to a full house with a message from Sharice Johnson, Senior Division, Student Programs Leader, Milton Hershey School,

Johnson defined what being an empowered woman means to her. She said, “An empowered woman is someone who knows her strengths and isn’t afraid to embrace them. To be empowered means to be in control of your life and aware of your capabilities to take on your biggest dreams.”

She presented four methods for women to become empowered. The first method is Purpose. She discussed the importance of developing skills and obtaining an education. She encourages women to “Find your spark.” She explained, “It is a process and takes time, but what you are passionate about is your spark. Your spark gives you energy, joy, and purpose.” Johnson’s spark is mentoring. She said, “I love the vision and the purpose of Milton Hershey School.”

Modeling plays a major role in helping girls to grow to become empowered women. “Youth are always watching. Be a positive role model. People learn by watching others and they imitate what they see. Empower others by showing them how to do things the right way,” she encourages.

Johnson urged the audience to use your Voice. She told them, “You are an equal.” She believes that we should use our voice to express our opinions. She said, “Using your voice can affect change and eliminate barriers.”

We can empower by serving as a Mentor. “Teach, inspire, motivate. Mentoring promotes positive social relationships,” Johnson explained. A mentor can serve as a support system, a role that the Young Women’s Alliance Club, that was created by Johnson, fills for female students at Milton Hershey School. The club meets once a week for two hours to provide a place where the students can feel safe and share their feelings and talk about their challenges. She said, “The girls look forward to it and they develop into strong young ladies.”

This year, October will mark the third year of Girls Grace, an overnight conference for 200 Milton Hershey School female students, which was a dream that became a reality for Johnson. Attendees are provided with the opportunity to attend four of 16 workshops offered at the conference.

Milton Hershey School students I’yonna Jones, Nashaya Goodman, Diana Creech, and Najiyyah Pendleton, shared their experiences participating in the Young Women’s Alliance Club and Girls Grace and what it has meant to them.

I’yonna said, “Girls Grace taught me I am and will be something.”  I’ve seen my friends grow and they have seen me grow and that’s how we empower one another,” added Nashaya”

“Young Women’s Alliance Club taught me to embrace who I am and to become more confident,” said Diana. Najiyyah said, “Young Women’s Alliance Club taught me I mattered and to keep your standards high.”

When Johnson opened the floor to questions from the audience, Rebecca Thatcher-Murcia introduced herself and then introduce Rebecca McCarty, a Milton Hershey School student who was sitting beside her to talk about Girls Grace. Leading up to the audience’s questions, student Rebecca was so excited about Girls Grace that she had to share how she felt about it with Rebecca.

The students who have had the fortune to participate in the Young Women’s Alliance Club and Girls Grace who were in attendance brought an energy to the room and exuded confidence, happiness, and an appreciation for what Johnson’s leadership and mentoring programs have given to them.

Johnson closed with, “Be empowered by those who have been empowered. Empowerment programs empower girls. Pass it on! I challenge you all to empower others.”

Anti-bias Training – Equity and Equality
November 14, 2018, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

Dr. Paul Haidet was the presenter of a thought-provoking interactive audience exchange on unconscious bias; the social stereotypes that we may hold about certain groups of people that we may not be aware of, at the second event of the Hershey Area All Things Diversity series.

Haidet is a general internist and serves as Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences at the Penn State University College of Medicine. He has published widely on a variety of topics related to teaching, communication, and the humanistic care of patients, and his work has won numerous regional, national, and international awards.

He works directly with medical students and medical residents to help them to understand unconscious bias and to provide them with methods to provide unbiased care to patients.

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Addressing Micro-Inequities and Micro-Aggressions
January 23, 2019, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

Dr. Ali Michael who will present on the topic of micro-aggressions.

Ali Michael, Ph.D., is the co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, and the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2018, Corwin Press). She also sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. Ali teaches in the mid-career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, as well as the Graduate Counseling Program at Arcadia University. In the 2017-18 school year, she will hold the Davis Visiting Professorship at Ursinus College. Ali’s article, What do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. She may be best known for her November 9, 2016 piece What Do We Tell the Children? on the Huffington Post, where she is a regular contributor.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations based on a disability, please contact Amy Bischof at or 717-520-5591. Seven business days advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.

This program is underwritten by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.


Promoting Acceptance and Tolerance
March 25, 2019, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

Shaashawn Dial-Snowden will will present Promoting Social Justice and Equity and Creating Multi-identity Embracing Brave Dialogue.

Shaashawn is the Founder and Owner of Voycetress Media, LLC. Voycetress Media provides services that affirm and empower individuals and organizations via workshop facilitation and training on leadership, diversity, inclusion, social justice topics, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ loving communities. In addition to running her business, Shaashawn serves as Director of Social Equity & Affirmative Action for the City of Harrisburg, and as Chair of the Board of Directors of the LGBT Center of Central PA. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Administration and Leadership Studies at IUP – Dixon Center. Additional formal education includes a Masters in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, B.A. in Philosophy, Law, and Rhetoric from Stephens College, Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising in Higher Education from Kansas State University, and graduate of Diversity Leadership Academy.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations based on a disability, please contact Amy Bischof at or 717-520-5591. Seven business days advance notice of need for accommodations is requested.

This program is underwritten by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company.

Schedule of Events:

5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Light Dinner

6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Presentation

7:15 p.m. – 7:25 p.m. Dessert

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Addressing the Needs of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
May, 2019, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

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If you wish to support the mission of the All Things Diversity sessions, donations may be made online (please specify that it is for All Things Diversity), or write a check to The Hershey Story, with All Things Diversity in the memo line, 63 W. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, 17033.

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