Lady Gaga will officially launch her Born This Way Foundation Wednesday at Harvard University, with help from Oprah Winfrey.
Cynthia Germonatta — Gaga’s mother and the foundation’s president — doctor and author Deepak Chopra, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and professor Charles Ogletree will also be in attendance.
Gaga announced plans to create the foundation shortly after the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer. Rodemeyer had questioned his sexuality and was bullied by his peers at school and online, his parents said. The teen had created an “It Gets Better” video.
The singer, known to her fans as Mama Monster, vowed to fight bullying and later met with President Obama to discuss the issue.
According to the Born This Way Foundation’s Web site, the group will work to create “a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.” Read more about the foundation’s mission here.
The day holds significance not only for Gaga, but also for some Harvard students and faculty members.
As the Associated Press reported, in 1920 a “secret court” of Harvard administrators expelled seven students for being or being perceived as gay. Current students and faculty want the university, which apologized for the expulsions in 2002, to award posthumous degrees to the affected students and will hold a rally Wednesday.
Watch a live stream of the foundation’s launch, beginning at 4 p.m. ET, below.