Museum Association of Arizona



Marilyn Torres was born in New York City and raised on both the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and the City of New York in the United States. Marilyn was the 1st in her family to attend college and is a multilingual traditional storyteller.

Professor Torres is an ordained storyteller of West African Yoruba Oral traditional of over 33 years. She received two chieftaincies in the village of Imota in West Africa, Nigeria in 1984 as a descendent of the "children of slavery from the island of Puerto Rico." During her fieldwork in Nigeria while visiting among her elders, Marilyn was renamed “Omifunke”in honor of her father’s lineage and her return to her ancestral lands among the Yoruba people of West Africa.

Professor Torres is a residential Faculty member for The Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College, as well as a trainer/facilitator for Achieving a College Education Program (ACE) at South Mountain Community College. Marilyn incorporates storytelling into all forms of academic achievement, literacy and college bound leadership among youth, children and adults teaching The Art of Storytelling, Multicultural Folktales, Sacred Stories from Around the World, African Oral Traditions, and Storytelling in Healing Setting. She leads training sessions on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey.

Marilyn earned her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Science minoring in Anthropologyat John Jay College of Criminal Justice,one of the colleges of the City Universities in New York. She completed her graduate studies at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy. In 1985 and 1989, Marilyn was awarded Scholar Fellowships with the Ford Foundation and The Rockefeller College at Albany University, SUNY Center for Women in Government. In 2013-14, was awarded a research Faculty Fellowship with the Maricopa Institute for Learning with Maricopa Community Colleges focusing on the role of Storytelling as a teaching methodology for increasing critical thinking and interactive engagement in a learning environment.

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