Rocque Perez is a People First Activist, Storyteller & Creator.
We call him Our President.
Fascinated by the power of community, Rocque has spent years working at the intersection of Multicultural Affairs, Government Relations, and Creative Content Strategy. Leveraging these disciplines to convey a broader Arizona narrative, particularly in favor of underrepresented communities. He is passionate as he is empowered by Arizona’s Higher Education system, recognizing the advantages that education in-state has to offer but understanding that those privileges aren’t accessible to everyone. Addressing these inequities is his underlying charge.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, from a family that predominately emigrated from Mexico, Rocque would ruminate with his family and friends about the challenges facing an American with Hispanic roots: how to deal with a more hostile environment against Latinos, and how to assert his U.S. citizenship, his birthright, while staying connected to his community. His identities are intersectional, identifying as the first gay man in his family, having come out during a time when societal acceptance of the LGBTQ community was still shifting in its favor.
From a very young age, Rocque knew that he wanted to dedicate himself to work in service to others. He found this work as an escape from a childhood filled with adverse circumstances, where he encountered substance, physical, and emotional abuse.
Having beaten the odds against him, he graduated and began his journey in higher education at the University of Arizona. A first-generation and self-supporting student, he pursued a degree in Political Science and Public Relations.
While attending college, Rocque immediately found himself in student government where he served two terms as a Student Body Senator. In his tenure, he led a variety of efforts in favor of a more equitable experience for students with backgrounds much like himself. One of his proudest moments was his leadership in earning the institution the designation as a Purple Heart University, additionally securing funding for an initial scholarship for veterans. Which was later recognized by Arizona's U.S. Senators alongside UA President, Dr. Robbins.
It was this combination of studies, connections, and employment at the University that kickstarted his goal to do more and dream bigger.
In the News
Feature, Inside Higher Ed
Stories from the Pandemic
UArizona Receives Purple Heart
Opinion, Tucson Weekly
Low Wages For Tucson Elected is Bad Business