Student Trustee Ruiz was elected to the Ventura County Community College District Board of Trustees in the 2016 college year. A life-long learner, Ruiz is a Political Science major at Oxnard College. His background includes serving in various leadership capacities; such as Interim President (2014-2015), Honorary Board Member #1 (2014-2015), Senator #1 (2014), and Secretary (2012-2014) on the Oxnard College Associated Student Government.
Ruiz is an advocate for student learning, equity, and shared governance. He demonstrates a commitment towards improving student support services and equitable access, with a particular interest in providing services for students with disabilities. Ruiz has served on the Community Advisory Board of the Oxnard College Extended Opportunities Programs & Services (EOPS) as Learning Disabilities Co-chair and on the Advocacy Seminar Executive Committee. He worked with EOPS and College Leadership, building support services for homeless students, such as providing meal vouchers and shower access. In addition, Ruiz served as Treasurer of the Oxnard Multi-Cultural Mental Health Coalition (2015-2016). He also served as Treasurer (2014-2015) and Oxnard College Delegate (2013-2015) for the Student Senate California Community Colleges Region VI.
Ruiz’s commitment to service extends beyond the college campus, as he has participated in efforts for students to lobby legislators in Sacramento. He is dedicated to continuous involvement in accreditation, college support groups, and leadership teams – advocating for fairness and transparency.