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

Order Your Hershey All Things Diversity T-Shirt

T-Shirts will be printed when 25 orders are received and the purchaser will be notified when they are ready to be picked up at a Diversity Session at The Hershey Story.

Hershey All Things Diversity Events

The Township of Derry is pleased to invite the community to the Hershey Area All Things Diversity Sessions for 2017-2018. The educational sessions are organized by the Township, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, The Hershey Company and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts.

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.

Creating a Safe and Inclusive Community By Preventing Bullying
September 18, 2017, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

Presenter: Erica Weiler-Timmins, Director of Psychological Services at Milton Hershey School

“It is important to establish a culture of inclusion and respect for individual differences”

The first in a series of Hershey All Things Diversity Sessions was presented by Erica Weiler-Timmins, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Psychological Services and Training at Milton Hershey School on Monday, September 18, at the Hershey Story Museum.

Bullying and inclusiveness cannot coexist. Bullying is unacceptable in an inclusive environment and a community is not inclusive when bullying is permitted to take place. Everyone must do their part to prevent and stop bullying to achieve a safe and inclusive community. Dr. Weiler-Timmins discussed the prevalence of observed or perceived unwanted aggressive behavior in schools in the United States. “One in five U.S. students will be bullied in school with a higher percentage occurring in middle school. Bullying occurs across all ages, socioeconomic classes, races, and cultures”, said Weiler-Timmins. Read More

Navigating the Generations: Creating an Inclusive Community for All Ages
November 20, 2017, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

Presenter: Lynette Chappell-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine

The U.S. now has six living generations, and each has its own attributes, based on their collective experiences. Recognizing the needs and interests of each age group helps our community develop strategies to create a more inclusive environment for all, regardless of age. This session will provide an opportunity to learn more about the general characteristics of each of the age groups and to brainstorm inclusive strategies for the different generations.

Lynette Chappell-Williams, JD, is the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion for Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine. She is a lawyer, by training, but has focused on creating more diverse and inclusive workplaces for the past 18 years.

Please register here for the November 20th event.

Creating an Inclusive Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Members
January 15, 2018, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

Presenter: Joan Rater, producer

According to GLAAD, an organization committed to “rewrite[ing] the script for LGBTG acceptance,” we all have an opportunity to change the culture for the LGBT community by encouraging dialogue that leads to this change. Joan Rater will join us to share her experiences raising a transgender child with the hope that what she has learned will help to shape our dialogue for change in the Hershey community.

After joining Grey’s Anatomy at the start of the second season with her writing partner and husband (Tony), Joan Rater (and Tony) rose through the ranks and co-ran the show alongside creator Shonda Rhimes for 10 seasons. For their work on Grey’s, Joan and Tony earned a WGA award for New Series in Television in 2005. They also have been nominated for two Emmys in 2006 and 2007, both for “Outstanding Drama Series”.  Among other shows, Joan has also written for Law & Order: Trial By Jury as well as Madam Secretary.

Please register here for the January 15th event.

Understanding Religious Differences to Create a More Respectful and Inclusive Community
March 19, 2018, 5:30 – 7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

Presenter: TBD

Please register here for the March 19th event.

Opening the Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives of Diverse Populations
May 21, 2018, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum

This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for Hershey community members, of different backgrounds, to share their experiences living or working in Hershey and what we can do, as a community, to be more inclusive than we already are.

Please register here for the May 21st event.

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