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Joined by Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Gaga spoke in front of more than 1,100 students, faculty and guests at Harvard to kick off her foundation, according to the Associated Press. She dedicated the new endeavor to her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, who inspired her to start the organization and who will serve as president.
Gaga urged her audience to "challenge meanness and cruelty by inspiring young people to create a support system in their respective communities."
"This is about changing... the school environment, and not putting the power in the hands of the teachers or the government," she added. "I believe that if you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it."
The Born This Way Foundation is meant to be an outlet for young people who are bullied and harassed by others around them, and fosters the message of kindness, compassion, empowerment and acceptance. The idea for the organization came out of the dialogue created by Gaga's hit "Born This Way," which begged for universal acceptance for all.
"I wish there was (a law to make people be kind to one another) because, you know, I'd be chained naked to a fence somewhere trying to pass it," Gaga said during her speech.
To kick off the foundation, Gaga made a $1.2 million contribution. Oprah also supports the foundation because she said its message aligns with many of her core beliefs.
Gaga has frequently been an anti-bullying advocate. Recently the issue personally touched her when a teen fan killed himself over being bullied.
"This must end," she tweeted after the incident, later performing a tribute for him at the iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas.