Dr. Larycia Hawkins poses for a portrait in her dining room -- where she often had her Wheaton College students over for dinner and discussions -- in Oak Park on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.
As a black professor at a predominantly white Christian college, Hawkins may be fired over some religious statements she made. This raises the question of how welcoming evangelical Christian colleges are of diversity. Some of her defenders say the question of her 'fit' at Wheaton is really more of a problem of culture and race than of religion. Evangelical colleges, and evangelicals generally, have long had a complex history of race relations. We talk to some experts, both scholars and administrators, about this problem, what's changing, and what can be done to address it.
Photo by Alyssa Schukar