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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Understanding Religious Differences to Create a More Respectful and Inclusive Community
March 19, 2018, 5:30 – 7:15 pm, The Hershey Story Museum
- Opening the Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives of Diverse Populations
May 21, 2018, 5:30 – 7:15 p.m., The Hershey Story Museum
Presenter: Panel TBA
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.