• Certifications

  • Certifications

    Leave of Absence Certification 

    Issued through 2U, Inc. 

    March 2022


    Advanced Coaching Certification 

    Issued through 2U, Inc. 

    May 2021 


    Foundational Coaching Certification 

    Issued through 2U, Inc

    October 2020 

  • Publications

  • Ota-Wang, N. (2016) University of Denver Q&A: A Model of Safe Zone Training for Multicultural Excellence Offices, NASPA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Knowledege Community Research Summary and Complitation White Paper, Spring 2016. https://www.naspa.org/images/uploads/main/2016SPRINGNASPAGLBTKCWhitePaper.pdf 

    Ota-Wang, N. J., Gazdick, R., & Smith, W. (2015) Staff Member's volunteer efforts making an impact, Graduate School of Social Work Magazine, University of Denver http://www.du.edu/socialwork/media/documents/gssw_magazine_spring_15.pdf 

    Ota-Wang, N. (2014) Blog Series: GSSW Deans and Directors Series, University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work Blog https://gsswdenver.wordpress.com/category/gssw-deans-and-directors-series/

  • Awards

  • Finalist for the Morris Price Jr Alumnx Award - April 2016

    GLBT Resource Center, Colorado State University

    Staff Achievement Award - April 2014

    Office of the Dean, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

    Safe Haven Award - April 2014

    Center for Multicultural Excellence, LGBTIQ&A Student Services, University of Denver

    Staff Award

    Leadership Award - Bronze Pin Award - May 2005

    Residence Hall Association, University of Northern Colorado

  • Presentations


    Localized Postwar Queer Histories: Forging Community Across Urban and Suburban Space

    Queer History Conference - June 2022

    San Francisco State University 

    San Francisco, California 

    Chair: Robert Franco, Kenyon College 

    Answering the Call: Building Community on the Phone and the Gay Switchboard of New York
    Quinn Anex-Ries, University of Southern California

    The Queen City: Denver’s Homophile Organizations from 1950-1970
    Nick Ota-Wang, University of Colorado Denver

    “Action = Life”: The Orange County Visibility League’s Radical 1989 Protests in Suburban Space
    Haleigh Marcello, University of California, Irvine

    “How Will I Have to Behave as a Lesbian?”: Switchboards as Sites of Lesbian Socialization in the US and France, 1972-1997
    Hannah Leffingwell, New York University 

    Paper Abstract: 

    During the 1950s and lasting until the end of the 1970s the homophile organizations which formed as a response to the homophile movement in the United States had an impact in the development of community, individuals, and national organizing amongst the LGBTIQ. The homophile organizations established on the national level (the Mattachine Society, Daughters of Bilitis, and One, Inc.), were started in response to members of the LGBTIQ communities seeking to find like individuals. These organizations were founded and led primarily by white, gay, cisgender men, but did include some people of color and some women. LGBTIQ individuals and communities during the mid-twentieth century faced unfair laws, police harassment and brutality, and fear of their identity being exposed causing life changing alterations to their lived experience.

    In 1957 the Mattachine Society established a local chapter in Denver, Colorado,  which led to one of the first major organized efforts by the Denver LGBTIQ communities to find each other, fight police brutality, fight laws, and establish connections on a national level. The Denver chapter of the Mattachine Society issued monthly newsletters that were distributed to LGBT individuals from 1957-1961. In these newsletters the organization of community, events, and news was able to be shared in a more public forum than ever before.  This paper will share some of the new discoveries these newsletters help to provide historians which include: location evidence of where LGBTIQ individuals lived within Denver, the types of social events the LGBTIQ community had, and where social and other events were held around the city of Denver. A journey of being yourself while staying as hidden as possible from larger society is enlightening to our understanding of the impact urban spaces have on all of us.

    To learn more about the panel please visit: http://clgbthistory.org/queer-history-conference-2022

    Panel: Phase, Folly, or Felony?: Sex between Men and Youths in Australia, Japan, Ireland, and Italy 

    Inaugural Queer History Conference - June 2019 

    San Francisco State University 

    San Francisco, California 

    Chair: Susan Cahn, PhD, University at Buffalo

    Rite of Passage: Gender, Sexuality, and the Wakashu of Edo Japan

    Nick Ota-Wang, MA, University of Colorado Denver

    Contamination: A Modern History of Sex between Men and Boys

    Yorick Smaal, PhD, Griffith University

    Solicitor Brown and His Boys: Love, Sex, and Scandal in Twentieth-Century Ireland

    Averill Earls, PhD,  Mercyhurst University

    Anglo-American Men and Italian Boys: Same-sex Intergenerational Encounters in Modern Italy (1945-1965)

    Alessio Ponzio, PhD candidate, University of Michigan

    "Ota-Wang will be presenting his research on Wakashu, a 3rd gender in Edo Period Japan. The Edo Period also known as the Tokugawa Era (1603 – 1868) is the last era with no western influence in Japanese History. During this era, historic ideas and practices were not only accepted but were honored across the country. This included acceptance of gender, sexual orientation/preference, and an unique understanding of the spectrum of gender and sexuality in the human experience. The Wakashu are defined as “sexually mature males who were not yet recognized as adults” meaning that the ages of the males are what we in modern society consider to be teenagers. An individual can identify Wakashu through their hairstyle (as pictured below), which helps historians and art historians quickly identify them in artwork that has survived. As he prepares for the conference, Ota-Wang is anticipating questions regarding the significance of learning about and recognizing the Wakashu." Language borrowed from CU Denver History Department Newsletter May 2019

    To learn more about the panel visit: https://ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/content/qhc-2019-tentative-schedule 

    Gender & Sexual Unknown History

    –Nick Ota-Wang; Historian, MA student

    During WWII, the Nazis used pink triangles to label homosexual prisoners and black triangles to label “asocial” prisoners. We will examine the different colors, what they represent and the stories of survivors.

    We will also examine the wakashu, gender fluid men, in Edo Japan. This 3rd Gender was used in Japan to help define the journey in ones life. These two examples allow us to understand how identity plays an important role in examining and understanding history. historycamp.org/Colorado

    Presented at History Camp Colorado

    October 2017

    Red Rocks Community College

    Lakewood, Colorado

    "Graduate School Game Day"  Co-Presented with Sarah E. Blizzard

    Presented at the LEAD Conference, hosted by Colorado State University.

    April 2017

    Denver, Colorado

    "Google Platform: Gmail, Calendar, and Drive"

    Presented at the Work for Success for the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation at Metropolitan State University of Denver

    May 2015

    Denver, Colorado

    "LGBTIQ&A Centers on College/University campuses"

    Final paper presentation at the University of Denver Graduate Research Summit

    January 2015

    Denver, Colorado

    Student Poster Session - “A University LGBTIQ Q&A Program to Improve the Campus Climate.”

    National Multicultural Conference & Summit, American Psychological Association (APA)

    January 2015

    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Presentation - Organization

    IACURH 2005 - University of Northern Colorado

    March 2005

    Greeley, Colorado

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