SECRETARY KERRY: All those of you here
who are thinking about a future, I invite you to come and join us. Join the State Department.
Apply to the Foreign Service or the Civil Service. Contact the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Enlist in the Peace Corps. Or participate in one of the many partnerships
the State Department has forged with diaspora communities, faith-based groups,
and students such as yourselves. I ask you a simple question:
Would you rather spend the next 40 years complaining about the world
or would you like to try to improve it? Your country needs you. (Applause.) We need you, and we need you
in all your diversity. Because if there is some stereotype in your
mind about what a diplomat is supposed to look like, please forget it. I guarantee that
no matter what your personal background might be, we have people in high positions who have
a huge amount in common with you. The reason is that our country has no greater diplomatic
asset than this: the culture and creed of virtually every country on the planet is represented
somewhere within the population of the United States of America. We are an idea – not
a bloodline, not an ideology – but an idea that all people are created equal. And I urge
you to find the specialty that suits you most and become part of America’s team.