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 or 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 Assistant Executive Director Rachel Paster at (212) 258-0801 or via email at rpaster@dga.org

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


Rachel Paster,
Assistant Executive Director
(212) 258-0801
Suci Madjidji (212) 258-0806
The Good Fight

Over the past 30 years, Guild diversity committees have advanced the cause of women and minority members.

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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.

Gary Shimokawa

Gary Shimokawa shares with interviewer Michael Zinberg his experiences over thirty years of working in television on shows such as All in the Family, Laverne and Shirley, and The Golden Girls.