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Oprah Winfrey attends Lady Gaga foundation debut at Harvard

(Left) Oprah Winfrey appears in this April 14, 2011 publicity image released by OWN. (Right) Lady Gaga appears on 'The View' on May 23, 2011, the day her 'Born This Way' album was released. (AP / ABC)

February 29, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Oprah Winfrey was a guest at the launch of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation Wednesday.

The event kicked off at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education. U.S. Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius also attended.

The Born This Way Foundation will address self-confidence, well-being, anti-bullying, mentoring and career development through research, education and advocacy.

The foundation shares a name with Lady Gaga's hit 2011 single and album, "Born This Way," a song whose lyrics describe self-empowerment.

"It's not about needing help. It's about wanting to help," said Lady Gaga. "How do we work together to make the world a more kind and loving place?"

She said the foundation will encourage young people to do simple things to be kind to one another and encourage others to do the same. That could be as simple as telling someone you like his or her shirt or thanking someone for letting you borrow a pen.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.