In 2019 Desiree Perez was named the CEO of Roc Nation, before this, she had spent 12 years as the COO (Chief Operating Officer) for the company which she had founded with Jay-Z. At the same time, she has been a champion for social justice causes while creating opportunities for talented people of color and women in the workforce. She has also been named the executive of the year at the 2019 Billboard Women in Music awards. Two years later in 2021, she was named a Billboard Change agent in recognition of her years of work supporting social justice. Roc Nation has recently partnered with Long Island University to create a new school.
This new school is now proud to announce that with help from Megan Thee Stallion they have created a scholarship for a deserving student who will receive a full ride to the school. This new school (which Desiree Perez helped to found) will provide undergraduate programs in music technology, music, production sports management, and finally in entrepreneurship. Students at the school will be exposed to guest lecturers from the music industry and will also be offered the opportunity to complete internships in their respective industries.
The creation of the new scholarship is only the latest in a series of big events for the school. Producer 9th Wonder will be joining the professors teaching at the institution as a visiting professor and artist in resident. He will be teaching courses on hip-hop history and how to make an album. Joining him will be the acclaimed jazz saxophonist Sam Newsome and baritone singer Colin Levin. A program will also be launched in the fall of 2021 by Creative Promotion in Media which has an extensive client list including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and Procter and Gamble. Desiree Perez has lauded the new additions to the faculty at the school.