• 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

  • 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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