Tamar Gronvall, Director

Tamar Gronvall is a former judge of the Minnesota Tax Court, former General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Commerce and for several years, served as a manager of several litigation divisions at the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General, including higher education and employment matters.  As a judge, general counsel and manager, she led efforts to use mediation to resolve complex and expensive litigation and to empower parties to preserve their on-going relationships.  She is a trained Rule 114 Qualified Neutral.

She received her B.A. with honors from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, with a double major in political science and philosophy.  She also received her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School.  Subsequently, as an adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School, she taught the Civil Rights Moot Court and the Legal Research and Writing classes.

In addition to her public service, Tamar has held numerous leadership positions and provided pro bono legal services in a variety of non-profit and legal organizations including The Advocates for Human Rights, the Tubman Center, the Community University Health Care Center, Minnesota Women Lawyers and the Minnesota State Bar Association General Assembly.  In her free time, Tamar loves to road cycle, hike, run, travel and officiate weddings.

John T. Field, Assistant Director

John Fields worked as a paralegal for many years before joining OCR. He has worked in governmental offices, private firms, and most recently at University of Minnesota Student Legal Service. During his time with that office, he made many connections across campus. He is familiar with facilitation and conflict resolution through his higher education and legal experiences.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and History from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. Following a career as an auditor, he enrolled at Hamline University and received a Paralegal Certificate. Upon beginning employment at the University of Minnesota, he realized his passion for higher education and completed his Master’s of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. He has been involved in volunteering across campus with several other departments including Office for Community Standards, Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action, and the Parent and Family Program. 

John enjoys traveling, socializing, watching live music, and cooking during his free time. 

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 (OCR Handbook). The current membership of the committee is here (Committee Roster).