As a follow-up to nextLI’s 2019 survey of the next generation of Long Islanders, nextLI conducted two focus groups to look at the future of diversity and housing on Long Island. Discussions centered on the changing demographics of Long Island, perceptions of Long Island’s multicultural climate, the racial and ethnic diversity in our communities, the role of school districts in diversity and reactions to Newsday’s Long Island Divided series.

Queens native, Tayeb, who is of Pakistani ancestry, shares his experiences with steering and racism on Long Island but says there’s a lot of room to grow. Now a Levittown resident, Tayeb talks about the culture shock he experienced when he moved there because of the lack of diversity in the area.


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