Lady Gaga And Harvard Launch Anti-Bullying Born This Way Foundation

The influential, often in-your-face pop megastar and her mother, plus several Harvard-based charities, are teaming up on a broad effort to make the world more … sensitive.

Lady Gaga’s going to Harvard … for a collaboration on her new Born This Way Foundation.

On Feb. 29, Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, will launch the anti-bullying advocacy group in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the California Endowment, and the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The MacArthur Foundation has offered generous funding to online nonprofit digital media efforts in the past.

According to press materials, the Born This Way Foundation will be dedicated to “digital mobilization to create positive change.” The Born This Way Foundation will mainly center on web anti-bullying campaigns; as the MacArthur Foundation’s Connie Yowell puts it, "This is a time of potential transformation in how young people learn, socialize, and engage in civic life because of digital media […] with new tools come new responsibility and sometimes painful unintended consequences such as bullying and challenges to safety. Lady Gaga is at the forefront of harnessing the power of digital media for her fans and encouraging them to be healthy and safe and to make meaningful change in this world."

In reality, the Born This Way Foundation will likely launch web efforts similar to Dan Savage’s famous It Gets Better project. Details on the charitable foundation’s initial campaigns are still unknown (although sample pages are easily accessible via Facebook and Google); Gaga will be holding a press conference on Feb. 29 at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. Since the campaign’s soft launch in November, the Born This Way Foundation has accumulated an impressive 38,000 Facebook fans.

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  • deborah pruitt-fyffe

    my neice is expieriencing being bullied in her school in Soap Lake WA we have been trying to resolve this issue it has escalated from the last school year into this one if you can give a representative to contact please email me at .. dpruitt45@bigbend.edu  we have started with notes to teachers  principal and are in the process of contacting the school board  and superintendant 

  • jomark4

    I have designed an anti bully bracelet that is currently being patent pending. It is a unique bracelet that females and males like to wear. I was wondering if there is a contact person I could get in touch with? I want to help make this anti bully campaign spread.
    Thank you,
    Joanne Mullaney
    Jomark4@comcast.net
    978-996-6389