About Nick Ota-Wang, MA
Nick Ota-Wang (pronouns are: he, him, his). Historian, Academic Affairs Professional, Higher Education Professional, Social Justice advocate, and believer that everyone should be treated equally under the law and by everyone.
Ota-Wang is currently a graduate student in the Master of Arts (MA) History program at the University of Colorado Denver. He currently is interested in the history of gender, sexual identity/orientation, and Higher Education administrative structures. He is also training in the subfield of genealogy to find additional ways to help others. In June 2018, Ota-Wang was honored with joining the Omohundro Institute at the College of William & Mary as a Graduate Student Associate. In June 2019, Ota-Wang will present on a panel about his research at the innagural Queer History Conference in San Fransisco.
He earned his Master of Arts in Higher Education with a Concentration in College Student Development from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver in 2014.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in History with Secondary Education Concentration from the College of Liberal Arts and School of Education at Colorado State University in 2009.
Ota-Wang served as an Academic Advisor at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs prior to his current role with MSW@Denver. He worked with undergraduate students who are studying in the areas of the Social Sciences (Majors in: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Communications, Women's & Ethnic Studies), and Criminal Justice. He was the Admission Counselor for the Graduate School of Social Work MSW & PhD Programs at the University of Denver. Additionally, Ota-Wang has worked for several not-for-profits in the Denver area in managerial, customer service, and membership services roles. Ota-Wang has also worked at several institutions of Higher Education around the United States in the offices of Housing, Orientation, Transition programs, Career Services, and Student Life.
His graduate academic accomplishments include: "Folly, or Felony? Sex between Men and Youths in Australia, Japan, Ireland, and Italy" panel at the Queer History Conference at San Francisco State University. a poster session at the 2015 Multicultural Conference & Summit in Atlanta, GA. Ota-Wang's poster title is: “A University LGBTIQ Q&A Program to Improve the Campus Climate.” Ota-Wang's also published his research on Safe Zone Programming in Multicultural Student Offices in the Spring 2016 GLBT Knowledge Community White Paper through NASPA.
Ota-Wang's graduate leadership experience while at the University of Denver has included Ota-Wang serving as a Graduate Program Associate (GAP) with NASPA and as the Vice President for the College of Education Student Association (COESA). Ota-Wang is has served as the staff adviser to the Queer Equality Alliance (QEA) in the Graduate School of Social Work, and is also a co-founder of the Queer & Straight Student Alliance (QSSA) in the Morgridge College of Education.
His undergraduate academic accomplishments include: Senior Honor Society through Mortar Board Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta which is the History Honor Society.
Ota-Wang's undergraduate leadership experience has occured at several institutions. He served as a NUFP (National Undergraduate Fellow Program) Fellow through NASPA, served as a residence hall student government historian and senator, sat on several student committees with the university student government, and helped lead and plan large welcoming events for first year and transfer students, all while attending Colorado State University.
Ota-Wang has also been awarded the Leadership Award (2005) from the Residence Hall Association at the University of Northern Colorado, the Safe Haven Award (2014) from the Center for Multicultural Excellence, LGBTIQ&A Office at the University of Denver and the Staff Achievement Award (2014) from the Graduate School of Social Work's Dean Office at the University of Denver. In April 2016 Ota-Wang was nominted for the Morris Price Jr. Alumnx Award from the GLBT Resource Center at Colorado State University.
To learn more about Ota-Wang's current involvements please check out his CV.
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