The Columbian pop star won the university's award for Distinguished Artist of the Year in 2011. Her witty + moving acceptance speech proved how much she deserved the recognition. Watch the video to hear about Shakira's own education + the global education initiatives she has been investing in since age 18.
Shakira has been a longtime rep for + supporter of this Latin American nonprofit that's spearheading a global movement for universal education. Here, Shakira stand with the US + Columbian presidents to announce a joint initiative on early childhood education during the 2012 Summit of the Americas.