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/
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
Leadership Award - Bronze Pin Award - May 2005
Residence Hall Association, University of Northern Colorado
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
Red Rocks Community College
"Graduate School Game Day" Co-Presented with Sarah E. Blizzard
Presented at the LEAD Conference, hosted by Colorado State University.
"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
"LGBTIQ&A Centers on College/University campuses"
Final paper presentation at the University of Denver Graduate Research Summit
Student Poster Session - “A University LGBTIQ Q&A Program to Improve the Campus Climate.”
National Multicultural Conference & Summit, American Psychological Association (APA)
Presentation - Organization
IACURH 2005 - University of Northern Colorado
Advanced Coaching Certification
Issued through 2U, Inc.
Foundational Coaching Certification
Issued through 2U, Inc