FD-Who: Paterson Native Ruth Omoyinmi Was Born To Lead

By Nancy Sanchez-Diaz

Entertainment Editor

An international business management major, Ruth Omoyinmi knew all her life she was meant to lead and help others. 

Whether it’s greeting them with a smile on her face over at the information desk in the Student Union Building (SUB), or serving as president to the Student Government Association (SGA), Ruth loves interacting with students. 

Born and raised in Paterson, N.J., Ruth got her start in college as SGA secretary. 

It wasn’t long before she moved up to vice president. 

“All I knew is I wanted to progress even more,” Ruth said in an interview with The Equinox. “I’ve been on SGA for about three years, I started at the SGA Gala. I knew all the responsibilities.” 

Today, Ruth’s duties consist of managing the org., delegating tasks and making sure their mission as a voice for the student body is being fulfilled. 

For the 2021-2022 academic year, they are addressing dining issues.

As a start, Ruth and her team have implemented the “solution box.” 

“We’ve been speaking with the manager of Gourmet Dining and we’ve implemented the solution box,” Ruth said. “It is meant for students to put down complaints — the good, the bad [what they wanna see differently], and the ugly.” 

So far, it’s been a success. One student wrote down a request for a panini maker. 

“I was happy to see that in two weeks, they had added a panini maker!” Ruth said. 

Another major goal of Ruth’s has been to restore school pride. 

“Coming back to school has been a pretty big challenge, not only for SGA but for many orgs.,” Ruth said. “There’s been a lack of school pride, and that’s one of my goals, it’s to spark that up again. I feel that the pandemic has hurt us and we need that sense of school unity back.” 

Besides working for SGA, Ruth has also been part of the Black Student Union (BSU), the African Heritage Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. 

She hopes the leadership experience will bring her one step closer to her dream job of becoming a human resources manager. 

“Right now, I plan to work in my minor [human resource management],” Ruth said. “By 25, I hope to have my master’s. I want to be a human resources manager, preferably for a company in New York. I love city life.” 

“I am grateful for this role; it’s equipping me with what I want to do in life,” Ruth said. “The journey is learning how to be someone that is really welcoming and embracing.”

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Ruth Omoyinmi knew all her life she was meant to lead and help others. 

Art by Nancy Sanchez-Diaz