All Things Diversity

The Township of Derry is hosting five Hershey Area All Things Diversity Sessions starting in September. These sessions are free and open to the public.

“The Township is pleased to help lead these important sessions to help build awareness and understanding in our community to align with our inclusion resolution,” said Derry Township Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairwoman and Downtown Hershey Association board member, Susan Cort. “Together, we can all create an environment where everyone is welcomed, affirmed and valued.”

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

Hershey All Things Diversity Community Sessions

  1. Creating a Safe and Inclusive Community By Preventing Bullying

September 18, 2017, 5:30  –  7:15 p.m., The Hershey Story Museum

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

Bullying can threaten the physical and emotional safety of youth and negatively impact their functioning. This session will address the prevalence and impact of bullying, and strategies to create a safer and more inclusive community for our youth.

Please register here for September 18th event.

  1. Navigating the Generations: Creating an Inclusive Community for All Ages

November 20, 2017, 5:30  –  7:15 p.m., The Hershey Story Museum

Presenter: Lynette Chappell-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, 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. 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.

Please register here for the November 20th event.

  1. Creating an Inclusive Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Members

January 15, 2018, 5:30  –  7:15 p.m., The Hershey Story Museum

Presenter: Joan Rater, producer

According to GLAAD, an organization committed to “rewrite[ing] the script for LGBTQ acceptance,” we all have an opportunity to change the culture for the LGBT community by encouraging dialogue that leads to this change. Grey’s Anatomy actress and producer, Joan Rater, will 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.

Please register here for the January 15th event.

  1. Understanding Religious Differences to Create a More Respectful and Inclusive Community

March 19, 2018, 5:30 – 7:15 pm, The Hershey Story Museum

Presenter: TBA

Please register here for the March 19th event.

  1. Opening the Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives of Diverse Populations

May 21, 2018, 5:30  –  7:15 p.m., The Hershey Story Museum

Presenter: Panel TBA

Please register here for the May 21st event.

This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for Hershey community members of different backgrounds to share their experiences living or working in Hershey and ideas of what our community can do to be more inclusive than it already is.