Lady GaGa stopped by Harvard University on Wednesday, February 29 afternoon to officially launch her Born This Way Foundation. Wearing backless dress, black hat and platform shoes, the "Bad Romance" hitmaker was joined by a panel of experts that include Oprah Winfrey, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and author Deepak Chopra.
Once inside the Ivy League university's Sanders Theatre, the 25-year-old talked about the foundation before a crowd of more than 1,100 students, faculty and invited guests. "If you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it," she said. "This is about transformative change in culture."
Speaking to Winfrey, the Grammy winner said while "bravery, acceptance and love" are three important aspects of the foundation, they are not its three pillars. She went on to explain," The three pillars are 'SSO.' Remember these things today, it would make me very very happy: Safety. Skills. Opportunity."
Of what led her to start the "youth-empowerment" foundation, the "Marry the Night" singer said, "I want to help, I want to be brave, I want there to be more tolerance in the universe. I want there to be more acceptance. What I realize more than anything was that I never wanted this dialog to end." She added, "The goal is to challenge meanness and cruelty by inspiring young people to create a support system in their respective communities."
Asked if she sees herself as a global leader, GaGa told Chopra, "I know you want me to see myself as a global leader, because I know you." She further pointed out, "I would like for everyone to see themselves as global leaders. I suppose that would be what I mean when I say you are all born superstars."
The eccentric singer continued on, "When I say it takes very little to change the world, I really mean that. If each one of us just transformed one small bit of ourselves to be a bit kinder, more loving, more tolerant...I believe it will be quite easy to change the world. The only problem is, there's so damn many of us. If there was a law, you know I'd be chained naked to a fence somewhere trying to pass it."