In more than a dozen interviews, professors, students, and alumni of all political stripes painted a picture of a college where intellectual diversity and thought-provoking debate are the norm, and where the belief that followers of the Christian Reformed Church, with which the school is affiliated, have an obligation to engage with the world around them compels both instructors and students to question what they think they know.“Our faith commits us to engaging the world all around us,” said Kevin den Dulk, a political-science professor who graduated from Calvin in the 1990s, during an interview in the De Vos Communication Center, which sits across from the Prince Conference Center bearing the secretary’s maiden name.
(Her mother, Elsa, is also an alum.)Den Dulk’s words aren’t just PR fluff; it’s a concept borne out by the school’s 141-year history and the Dutch-influenced part of western Michigan it calls home.
As young people in the United States become increasingly racially diverse and as the percentage of students on campus who identify as members of the Christian Reformed Church dwindles, Calvin has been forced to spend more time recruiting in places like Detroit and enticing international students to western Michigan, with mixed results.
She carried on the broadcast like a trooper and alerted her colleagues as soon as it ended.
The show’s executive producer and others at 30 Rockefeller Plaza helped get her to a hospital where she met her husband. ’ Reliving the incident, her colleague told viewers: ‘That little giggle, that laugh, was the moment Natalie’s water broke live on this set, live on air.
But he doesn’t miss the lack of diversity at Calvin, where—even in 2015—he was sometimes the only black person in a room.
Jonathan Eigege, a 24-year-old Nigerian student who graduated from Calvin last year and served as student-body president his senior year, poses for a portrait outside his apartment in Washington, D. (Emily Jan / The Atlantic)Kelsey Waterman, an African American senior from Detroit studying education and Spanish, knows how that feels.
In recent years, the school has ramped up efforts to increase racial diversity by recruiting more students of color, and there are more student organizations and resources on campus geared toward supporting them once they’re enrolled.