Along with being a flawless singer and all-around badass, Rihanna also happens to be quite the humanitarian, and Harvard University is giving her the recognition she deserves.
Next Tuesday, the Barbados-born artist will be given the prestiguous Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award in honor of her work as a “prominent, public-spirited” leader. Past honorees include Malala Yousafzai and Arthur Ashe—so RiRi is definitely in good company, and couldn’t be more deserving.
“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter told the Harvard Gazette. “In 2012, she founded the nonprofit the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program [named for her grandparents] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which provides children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”
The award will be presented Feb. 28 at Sanders Theatre on Harvard’s campus.