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About Us

Our Mission

 To promote the participatory process of civic engagement and build social capital for workforce development and entrepreneurship in civil society's urban center communities through the use of technology, urban planning process, and critical thinking. 

Our Vision

 We envision sustainable and resilient urban centers in which community, business, and government success are connected. 

Why Cultural Planning and Social Learning?

Cultural Planning deals with community image while social learning impacts self image, community stewardship, and economic development.    

Seeking Balance


 As we seek to balance this situation, the diverse legislations have imposed different ways of “civic participation”. With regards to civic participation many traditional vices have appeared again:

o The use of quantitative surveys is severely limiting data collection 

o Few people are giving opinions or even information 

o Participation process is hardly seen as a formality. 

o Many planners do not consider the need to bring input from a large part of residents; giving rise to non-acceptance of what is forthcoming and disenfranchisement often leading to vandalism, crime, and non-functioning infrastructure as intended by planners and designers.   


Cultural mapping is committed to improve the participation process through:

o Using qualitative open surveys

o Involving local people as interviewers 

o Creating local maps by locating mental images on real places. We have gathered this concept from the theories of Giusseppe Dematteis, an influent Italian planner that developed the “implicit project” concept, or how to improve planning by deeply knowing a territory. 

o Heritage is a good ally in the process. 


Respecting the Built Environment

Cultural Planning is the thinking action of a community as it relates to space wherein we can begin the foundations of economic development and sustainability. 

Our Board of Directors


Michelle Abd'Elaziz, President


Michelle holds a Master in Public Administration with a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in Land Use Planning with a Certificate in Organizational Development from Eastern Michigan University. Michelle served on the 2005 Michigan Business Advisory Council and won a National Congressional Leadership Award for her innovative ideas on the remaking of a region in the industrial rust belt. Locally, Michelle has performed community engagements for the Birwood House as a part of her consulting work under Yocef James Inc.

Michelle cares for her dear mother, and is a Detroit native. 



Jennifer Young, Treasurer


Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Resource Policy & Behavior from the School of Natural Resources & the Environment at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Michigan University. As a Project Manager at Michigan Interfaith Power & Light (Michigan IPL), Jennifer coordinates communications and outreach with the faith community in regards to energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. Prior to working with Michigan IPL, Jennifer was a Program Manager for the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office where she convened municipal leaders in collaborative renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives across southeast Michigan communities.


An Ann Arbor native, she currently resides in Ferndale and serves on the Ferndale Environmental & Sustainability Commission. She actively participates with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Detroit Regional Chapter and serves on several youth-focused nonprofit boards such as the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network and the Association for Youth Empowerment. 



Marco Hart, Interim Chairman

My name is Marco Thomas Hart. I currently hold Associate Degrees in Business Administration and Business Law. I sit on the Board of organizations called F.A.C.E.S.  (Funds for Africans and African American Cultural and Education Solidarity). I also hold the position of Head Facilitator for the Youth program called Step UP The Game from Maleness to Manhood. And lastly, I'm currently the Chairman of the community group called, The Van Dyke/Harper Reunion Committee. 


Rashida Bennet-El, Secretary


Born September 11th, of the year 1979 of two Sheiks; Brother James Bennett-El and Sister Vivian L. Bennett-El in Detroit Michigan at Sinai Hospital. She attended many Detroit public schools from Guyton to Osborne, Finney, Nancy Boykin C.E.C before finally taking the GED test without studying in 1998. She was recorded to have been in the top 5% of all scores in Michigan that year at Franklin Adult Education Center.

Her employment history spans over 24 years. She began her first job at a corner liquor store on Hoover at StateFfair at the age of 14, to working for over 31 companies by the age of 31. Those include The American Red Cross, Old Redford Academy, Krogers, Happy’s Pizza, Lou’s Deli, and a few temp agencies under her belt led her to pursue her true passions in life. Helping others while helping her self has brought her the opportunity of becoming a board member of the YWCA Detroit where she has given her services for the past year and a half.

Her Passions lie within helping others become successful in life. Growing up with a Moorish American lineage, Rashida has been appointed as the Grand Governess of the state of Michigan, Assistant Grand Sheikess of The Moorish Science Temple of America Branch Subordinate Temple 7 teaching the five highest principles known to man:Love, Truth, Peace, Freedom, and Justice.

Rashida has been appointed as a Divine Minister in 2016, received her Massage Therapy License in 2016 and is dedicated to healing the world . She also owns a few businesses: Inner G’s Massage Masters, Alzadie’s Healing Art, and Alzadie B. Entertainment. She manufactures Healing orgone energy batteries to help rebalance The People’s and the Earth’s Energies by promoting balance and tranquility.

Rashida is a Woman on the rise! She has served food at the NSO, given free Massage Events for the Detroit Lions and Councilwoman Brenda Scott, and has received an award for her efforts in community involvement. She is currently studying Law and the proper application of Law to ensure the People begin to live in their Constitutional fold again. Teaching Self sufficiency and long-term sustainability in Detroit has led her to become a Board member of Talbiyah Inc. as of November of 2017. Rashida’s skills are very much needed in order to be useful in today’s society. Her skills include; Singing, songwriting, poetry, Ministry, counseling, massage therapy, designing clothes and homes, comedy, activism, community outreaching, creating healing art and many more! There is so much to Rashida and she is ready and willing to always give her best. Look forward to the world changing for it’s Best and Highest !


Sampson Cunningham


Sampson grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and a native of Hyde Park, IL. He attended Oakdale Christian School k-9 and Tri-unity Christian. Sampson joined the Army in 1997. Sampson pursues his passion of marketing and media through working at Good-Year Tire. Sampson has a passion for cars and is affiliated with Better Detroit Youth Movement where he mentors young people in the area of media.


Audie Hayes

Audie “All Day” Hayes was born in Detroit Michigan at an unspecified date and time.

Mr. Hayes is an outside of any box thinker. Maintaining an above average GPA.

He is currently a metal sculptor and has past experiences in Manufacturing, distribution, and


He has a great affiliation with the community and has also been President of an Organization as

a Liaison between non-profits and The City of New York.

His interests and hobbies include Science, sculptures, and Analytical Linguistics facilitations.

His Motto is:

“Nothing is constant except change”

Our Staff

Michelle Abd'Elaziz, Chief Executive Officer


As Founder of Talbiyah Inc, a Cultural Planning and Social Learning organization she has built inroads with organizations such as Highland Park Regional Chamber of Commerce, We Unite Foundation, The Breakfast Club, The Nest Learning Center, Church of The Messiah, Genesis Hope Community Development Corporation, Fred W. Beaudry Post 126, American Legion Joe Louis Post 375, American Legion Tom Phillips Post 184, Impact Detroit, Don Bosco Hall-Youth Development Initiative, Ravendale Community Center (Toni McIlwain), Love and Kindness Community Development Corporation, Joy Jem Community Development Corporation, and Urbs et Ager Association located in Spain to achieve better outcomes of understanding community urban planning. 

Michelle is as well a DISC Certified Trainer (behavioral assessment) to broaden the program she developed called Beyond Turf 4 Corners that consists of 5 distinctions towards economic development. She also works part-time with autistic children as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist.

The love of community, cooking, and the outlook of embracing the servant leader concept brought Michelle to develop a cooking show called Beyond Turf Food Nutrition Culture where community can connect with each other while preparing meals and embrace storytelling.


Shonda Peterson, Chief Operating Officer

 Shonda Peterson is a Native New Yorker who move to Michigan 15 years ago.

Shonda is a Mom to four children. 

Shonda has an Associates degree in human resource.  
Bachelors degree in healthcare administration. 

Current CPR Certification, Medication Aide Certification, M.A, C.A, Hippa Certificate. Abuse & Neglect:
Reporting Requirements, Corporate Compliance, Cultural Competence: A Foundational Course,
Medicare Fraud, Waste & Abuses, Anti-Harassment & Non-Discrimination Training for Employees, Anti-
Harassment & Non-Discrimination Training for Leaders, Case Management & Supports Coordination forService Providers to Adults with Medicaid, Infection Control & Standard Precautions, Person-Centered Planning with Children, Adults & Families, Recipient Rights Annual, Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and

Through the years Shonda has mastered skills of office management, customer services, personal resources and administrative management, Shonda has empowered to manage files and records, trained in policies and producers, and have been a advocate for customer needs.
Shonda has worked on and off in the healthcare field for over 15 years. 

Shonda has volunteer for J Cheer as the program coordinator. With great success and the girls cheering  for the Detroit  Pistons

Shonda volunteers' at Plymouth United Church and help with the homeless

Shonda is now the chief operational officer for Talbiyah Inc


Mark Evans, Chief Development Officer

Mark Evans is native New Yorker and calls Detroit his second home. He is a Certified Teacher and has worked with numerous non profit in their development to reach goals. Mark has an extensive network in which he is sharing with Talbiyah Inc to build a first class organization. 


Alfonso Walker, Chief Liaison Officer

Mr. Walker connects our organization to the heart of urban center communities.


Michael Horner, Chief Cultural & Heritage Officer

Artist, Musician, and Hair Designer. Michael is the epitome of culture & heritage through maintaining the fabric of urban center community culture linking us to our roots of town and country life.


Breanna Peterson Davis, Social Media Coordinator,

Kamary Page, Graphics Coordinator

Business Advisory Committee

Rodger Penabene Jr.

Speciality Offering: Communications

Meg Burritt

Speciality Offering: Sustainability

Clyde Montgomery

Specialty Offering Financial Literacy


Urbs et Ager Association

An International Urban Planning & Heritage Association Founded by Dr. Antonio LIsta


Urbs et Ager and Talbiyah Inc working together with community in the area of urban planning, providing more insight for government to connect with community and bring about spaces that align with community image and values.


A Cultural & Heritage Planning and Social Learning Organization Founded by Michelle Abd'Elaziz