Julie Showers, Director

Minnesota native Julie Hagen Showers graduated from Stanford University and the University of Minnesota Law School. She has practiced labor and employment law for over 25 years and is experienced in leadership development, performance management, mediation, negotiation and arbitration. Prior to becoming Director of the Office for Conflict Resolution at the University of Minnesota, Julie served as Vice President of Labor Relations and Senior Vice President of Inflight Services at Northwest Airlines.  Julie is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hamline University, where she chairs the Facilities Committee, is a member of the Audit Committee, and has previously served on the Finance Committee and Undergraduate Student Affairs Committee. Julie has also served as an adjunct instructor at St. Mary’s University in the Master’s Program in Strategic Human Resources.

Amanda Olson, Program Coordinator

Amanda Olson earned a BA with a double major in Spanish and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2003.  Since graduation, she has taken on various training, human resources and management roles. The majority of her professional career has been spent in the aviation industry. Amanda has a robust background and a demonstrated skill set in the areas of employee development, leadership, conflict resolution, labor relations, and policy and procedure development, change and implementation.

Mary Tate, Consultant and AHC Liaison

For the past sixteen years, Mary Tate has been the director of the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity in the Medical School. Mary also serves as the Medical School Liaison to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. She brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and understanding of the University in serving as Consultant and AHC Liaison for the Office for Conflict Resolution.



In connection with the peer hearing process, the office maintains rosters of people currently serving as hearing officers, panelists, and advisors. In addition, the members of the Conflict Resolution Advisory Committee are listed below.

Advisors (PDF format)

Hearing Officers (PDF format)

Panelists (PDF format)


Conflict Resolution Advisory Committee

The Conflict Resolution Advisory Committee advises the Vice President for Equity and Diversity regarding the selection of Conflict Resolution staff, the performance of the office, and policy revisions. The role of the committee is described in the policy booklet on page 24 (download PDF). The current membership of the committee is here (Committee Roster).