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 Area All Things Diversity Events

The Township of Derry is pleased to invite the community to the Hershey Area All Things Diversity Sessions. 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, Milton Hershey School and The Derry Township School District.

All sessions are currently held virtually. Registration is requested but the sessions are free to attend. All events are recorded and posted on the Derry Township YouTube page for people to view at their convenience.

2020-21 Series

Creating a Welcoming Community for Veterans
November 11, 2020
Hershey Area All Things Diversity marked Veterans Day by talking to three local veterans who discussed their experiences serving our country, as well as returning home. They provided a unique perspective for community members who have not served in the military and may not be familiar with the difficulty of this transition, or know how to respond to someone suffering from PTSD. Watch the powerful conversations with Veterans Tom Fosnacht, Jan Yupcavage and Lt. Tim Roche, who also serves the Derry Township Police assistant chief of police.
Click this link to view the video.

Race Relations in Hershey
September 23, 2020
“Race Relations in Hershey,” features Dr. Samuel Richards, an award-winning teaching professor and sociologist at Penn State University, who instructs the largest race and cultural relations course in the United States.

2019-20 Series

The Importance of Stories in Understanding Each Other
September 25, 2019, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum
Facilitated by:  Paul Haidet, MD, general internist and Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences at the Penn State University College of Medicine


Stories are powerful, and shape our perspectives of each other. The problem is when we only have one story to represent a person or a people. In this session, we will use an example from medicine to dig into stories and their effects on our thinking and actions toward each other.

Read more about the September session, “The Importance of Stories in Understanding Each Other.”

Understanding Boundaries in the Era of the Me Too Movement

November 13, 2019, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Story Museum
Facilitated by:  Joyce Lukima, Chief Operating Officer for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape

Read more about the November session, “Understanding Boundaries in the Era of the Me Too Movement.”

The State of Poverty in the Hershey Community 

January 15, 2020, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Middle School
Facilitated by:  Dee Stalnecker, LSW, BCBA, School Social Worker, Derry Township School District

Creating an LGBTQ-Inclusive Community in Hershey
March 11, 2020, 5:30-7:15 p.m., Hershey Middle School
Facilitated by:  Todd Snovel, Former Executive Director, Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

This session will provide information on LGBTQ individuals and some of the unique challenges they may face in their workplaces and community settings. Participants will identify strategies to foster an environment where all LGBTQ communities can feel supported and safe. In an age of ever-evolving understanding and recognition of the rich diversities of genders and sexualities, we can take steps to ensure that our businesses, organizations, and community activities deliver warm and welcoming experiences to everyone.  Register here.

Read more about the March session, “Creating an LGBTQ-Inclusive Community”

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.

Click here to view articles from previous sessions of the Hershey Area All Things Diversity speaker series