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About the Eastern Diversity Steering Committee

The Eastern Diversity Steering Committee (EDSC) represents the concerns of Guild members of African, Asian, Native American, Arab-Middle Eastern and Latino descent. The EDSC is committed to improving the employment opportunities, working conditions and the skills of ethnically diverse Guild members.
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The EDSC proposes solutions to the Guild to address issues unique to ethnically diverse members.  These issues include, but are not limited to, improving employment, working conditions and financial compensation.  

To achieve this mandate, the EDSC sponsors workshops, seminars, networking sessions and major events to showcase members’ talent, enhance their qualifications, improve work opportunities, recognize their contributions and increase their visibility in the industry.  The EDSC will also maintain open lines of communication and strengthen ties with ethnically diverse Guild members across all categories, DGA leadership and other leaders within the film and television industry. 

The EDSC strongly supports the leadership of the Guild in its commitment to promote diversity in the industry.  The EDSC encourages the greater participation of ethnically diverse members in all Guild activities, councils, and committees to the common interest of the Guild and its members. 

For more information about the Eastern Diversity Steering Committee contact DGA Manager, Eastern Events, Suci Madjidji at (212) 258-0810 (

DGA Members: Please log in for meeting times and other Eastern Diversity Steering Committee information.


Suci Madjidji
Manager, Eastern Events
(212) 258-0810
Committee Chairs
Zenta Fuentes
Director Category Representative
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AD/UPM Category Representative
April Smith
AD/SM/PA Category Representative
DGA Diversity & Inclusion Mission Statement
Joyce Thomas

Associate Director Joyce Thomas reflects on her 30-year career as an Associate Director with CBS and her distinguished service as a Guild leader.

Ernest Dickerson

Director Ernest Dickerson discusses his 30-year career as a director and shares insight into his creative process through recalling his feature films (Juice, Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight), movies for television (Strange Justice, Our America), and his various episodic television credits (The Wire, Raised By Wolves, and Dexter).

Mira Nair

Mira Nair discusses her 35-plus-year directorial career, highlighting her documentaries (Jama Masjid Street Journal, India Cabaret), independent features (Salaam Bombay!, Mississippi Masala, Monsoon Wedding), and studio features (Vanity Fair, Amelia, Queen of Katwe).

Biff Henderson

Biff Henderson discusses his 38-year stage manager career, starting out in the NBC-Radio Sales Department, and his 35-year association with David Letterman.

Esperanza “Candy” Martinez

Veteran news associate director and stage manager Esperanza “Candy” Martinez discusses her long career working for the news crew of WABC in New York, her mentorship of new directors, and her “passion projects” directing documentaries on African-American quilt making.

Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin Van Peebles discusses his career with his son, director and actor Mario Van Peebles, including starting to direct in France, his award-winning film The Story of a Three Day Pass, and kicking off the blaxpoitation genre with his independently financed and produced Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.