In her talk about diversity, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama shares an inspiring message with the CCNY graduating class of 2016. The speaker discusses the varied backgrounds of the graduates and encourages them to give back and leave a legacy for future generations.
Stating that the combination of talent, effort, different backgrounds and life experiences are the source of American genius, she offers a thinly veiled critique of Donald Trump. The talk about diversity emphasizes that "diversity in human experience gives rise to diversity in thought," that our differences make us smarter and more creative and that diversity is a resource to be tapped, not something to be contained. She opposes fear and an 'every person for themselves' approach, and emphasizes togetherness instead.
The speaker believes the greatness of the United States comes from appreciating each other's strengths, the contributions from people born elsewhere and from people who expect nothing and take nothing for granted. The talk about diversity is on reaching back to help others, giving back and doing your part.