Milagros Pereyra-Rojas, Class of 2000 / 2003 is Executive Director of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) at the University of Pittsburgh where she has been a dedicated advocate, strategist and fundraiser for programs that provide educational and cultural opportunities for Latin American scholars. She has started several important initiatives such as Maestro Meetings to assist other non-profits in their conference planning and Latin American Research Commons for the open publication of books by Latin American scholars who otherwise would not be able to publish their works. Serving eighteen years in leadership roles, she has grown the membership from 4,000 to 16,700, increased revenues and tripled the endowment to $6.5 million.
Her relationship to the Sisters of Mercy dates to her childhood in Chimbote, Peru. Milagros graduated magna cum laude from Carlow University with a triple major in Business, Communications, and Information Systems and returned to earn her Master of Science and Technology. She continued her education earning a Master of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Management from Case Western Reserve University. She has published academic work related to her area of research and is the founder of the scholar- practitioner journal Engaged Management Review.
Carlow University has named five distinguished alumni as its 2019 Carlow Laureates, the university’s most prestigious alumni award.
“Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics, or through community service,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. “Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can.”