Rihanna is Harvard University's Humanitarian of the Year for 2017. The university will honor Rihanna in a ceremony next week for her charitable work in the areas of medicine and education.
In particular, the award commemorates her role in founding a "state-of- the-art" center for oncology and breast cancer treatment and diagnosis back home in Barbados. Additionally, she'll be honored for her ongoing work with the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, and for creating the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program, which supports students attending U.S. colleges from Caribbean countries.
The singer's work with the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project has been pretty well-documented, including a recent trip to Malawi. The program aims to provide increased access to education to kids in more than 60 different developing countries.
In receiving the award, RiRi joins a pretty esteemed group of past honorees that includes Kofi Annan, Ban-ki Moon, and James Earl Jones. More here from The Harvard Gazette.