The DGA is incredibly committed to addressing the varied needs of specific minority groups. It operates five different diversity groups, including the African American Steering Committee (AASC), which was established in 1980 by Wendell J. Franklin, the first ever African-American DGA member, and fellow members Ivan Dixon, Reuben Watt, and William Crain. In addition to advocating for increased employment opportunities for the DGA's African-American members, the AACS hosts monthly meetings to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in film. It also participates in the Annual DGA Student Film Awards alongside the Latino Committee and the Women's Steering Committee.
The AACS is comprised of 20 elected members, including three co-chairs. One of its current co-chairs, Jeff Byrd, is best known for directing King's Ransom and Book of Love.