Ambassador Susan Rice Delivers a Commencement Speech at FIU

This morning, our FIU commencement ceremony featured a speech by Susan Rice, current United States National Security Advisor and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Ms. Rice made some very interesting comments about the importance of diversity in the national security field and where FIU students play that crucial role. Here’s an excerpt from her speech:

“By now, we should all know the dangers of ‘groupthink,’ where folks who are alike often think alike,” she said. “By contrast, groups comprised of different people tend to question one another’s assumptions, draw on divergent perspectives and experiences, and yield better outcomes.” She added, “Intelligence analysts, diplomats and military officers who are native speakers may pick up subtle nuances that might otherwise go unnoticed. Diplomats who can read cultural cues may better navigate the political and social currents of a foreign nation. In sum, leaders from diverse backgrounds can often come up with more creative insights, proffer alternative solutions, and thus make better decisions.” “… Your country needs you. We need the global approach you’ve honed at SIPA. We need your smarts, your skills, and, yes, the brilliant mosaic of experiences you carry with you.”

For the full speech, please follow the link below:

Ambassador Susan Rice FIU Commencement Speech