Diversity is Key for the U.S. Diplomatic Corps

The 2019 Pickering Fellows represent America's diversity as they prepare in Washington, D.C. to serve in the U.S. Foreign Service.

One of the many ways the State Department cultivates an environment of diversity is through the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program and the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. These programs help to ensure that American diplomats reflect the full diversity of Americans, who are united in identity and attachment to core U.S. values of freedom, democracy, and opportunity.