The Derry Township Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Resolution 1510 – Commitment to Equity and Inclusion at its meeting on Tuesday, April 25.
The resolution recognizes the values of inclusion and equality for all residents and visitors in the Township and sends a message that everyone should be treated fairly and be free from discrimination.
Derry Township joins 42 other municipalities around the Commonwealth in taking a stand to promote a diverse, welcoming community.
The resolution was formed by Supervisor Susan Cort and Township Manager Jim Negley in collaboration with members from the LGBTQ committee of a local social action group, Hershey Indivisible, and with Lynette Chappell-Williams, chief diversity officer at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
“People should be free of discrimination in education, employment, housing and public accommodations,” said Hershey Indivisible Member Marlene Kanuck. “All residents regardless of individual differences and diversity make significant contributions to every facet of Derry Township’s economic, educational, community and cultural life,” she added.
“As a local government, it’s our responsibility to protect our residents and visitors and look for ways to celebrate the diversity that makes our community vibrant and strong,” said Derry Township Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairperson Susan Cort.
“As our community becomes more diverse, committing to advancing a respectful and inclusive environment benefits all of us. I commend the Derry Township supervisors for taking this important step, said Lynette Chappell-Williams, chief diversity officer at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.”
“Beyond this resolution, we need to look for ways to promote a diverse, inclusive community. On behalf of all of the supervisors, I look forward to partnering with concerned citizens and business leaders to celebrate diversity and make everyone feel welcome in Derry Township,” concluded Cort.