The duties and responsibilities of the President's Diversity Council include:
- Examine the composition of the Caltech faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scholar populations, tracking historic trends and highlighting areas of strength and weakness with respect to diversity.
- Recommend actions that could enhance Caltech's efforts to diversify the faculty, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral scholar populations.
- Examine the climate within the academic divisions and the broader campus community and recommend strategies that would improve the environment that individuals of all backgrounds encounter at Caltech.
- Examine Caltech's admissions policies and practices, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and recommend strategies to reach and recruit the most diverse pool of students possible.